Recently Barbara posted in our Facebook group a story recounted to her by her father. Here it is.
“When a newspaper reporter interviewed a farmer who grew Award-Winning Maize each year he entered his maize in the Agricultural Show, it was revealed that the farmer shared his seed with his neighbours.
Amazed, the reporter asked, “How can you afford to share your best seed with your neighbours when they are entering their maize in competition with yours each year?”
The farmer smiled knowingly and explained, “The wind picks up pollen from the ripening maize and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior maize, Cross-Pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my maize. If I am to grow good maize, I must help my neighbours grow a good crop.
So it is with our lives. Those who want to live meaningfully and well, must help enrich the lives of others.
For the value of a life, is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy, must help others find happiness. For the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all. Call it power of collectivity. Call it a principle of success. Call it a law of life. The fact remains, “None of us truly wins, until we all win.” Know this secret as you grow older! In life, when you help the people around you to be good, you surely become the best.”
The post prompted a host of comments on the thread a numerous likes and loves. Perhaps each of us realises that the essence of the story, as reflected in the comments on more than one occasion was that,
None of us win, unless we all win.