Just as weeds choke out crops, words can do the same in human relationships. Conversely, kindness is like well-timed nutrients that can help relationships grow.

Kind comments and conversations offer encouragement

In an age where civility is rare, kind words and encouragement can go far

Many of us have likely heard about “the little things” in life that can sometimes mean more than the big things. I’ve had several of those moments lately.

To those who stopped me at the World Ag Expo recently, or who came by our booth and shared positive words with me or in messages through colleagues about how you like the magazine and articles I write: thank you. I appreciate the kind comments.

Ever since I started writing farm stories for a daily newspaper many years ago I’ve had fortuitous meetings with farmers. Some of these developed into good relationships with folks I would later learn were respected industry leaders.

I was recently contacted by a young woman who wanted some information for an interview she will have participated in by the time you read this. The unsolicited request from her came on social media after a quick introduction and comments that her parents had mentioned my name as a resource. The kind things her parents said of me were much appreciated.

The recognition is kind. My purpose in sharing this is perhaps a bit like the Brad Paisley song “Letter To Me” and to recognize the importance of being able to help others along life’s path. Kindness goes a long way. Imagine our world if kindness ruled the day instead of the dialog without civility that is so common in our world today.

The discussion I had with the young woman about agricultural issues in California is just one of those ordained opportunities that came largely because of relationships built and a willingness to give back where I can. It’s why when I was recently contacted by a former high school Ag teacher to speak to her college classes about what I do I was honored and eager to help.

I am encouraged by this attitude in others. I think of a college professor some of you likely know who has had a long-lasting impact, not just on his students, but with others around him. His perspectives shared on social media have a tremendous following for their entertainment and informative values. For this writer, his stories and comments also carry larger life lessons and advice. To suggest others aren’t watching our lives or being influenced by them is foolish.

It became quickly apparent that the young woman asking me questions about current agricultural issues has had good influencers in her life and has used those opportunities to learn much. Perhaps I should develop a list of questions for her and others like her who have a fresh and different perspective about agriculture and life in general. I’m sure there is much I can learn from them.

The interview left me with hope for California agriculture as I learned my new acquaintance with two bachelor degrees is also the youngest member in her law school class.

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