What are you passionate about? As a mom, teacher and aunt, I love to hear young people share stories about their animals, outdoor adventures and future goals. Stories are readily conveyed with an enthusiastic and uplifting attitude, not weighted down by fear and doubt.
Our seven-year-old son, James has announced his aspirations of becoming a chicken farmer. Though he has a lot to learn about raising poultry, he has become quite the promoter of their products. His grandmas know that the fastest way to James’ heart (or tummy) is through a carton of hardboiled eggs, especially if they come from Grandpa Meyer’s chickens. When asked about his favorite type of chicken, he responds quickly, but not with an expected answer such as “Leghorn” or “Bantam,” but with “chicken nuggets!”
James’ love for chickens and their products is something he shares whole-heartedly. For the past two years, instead of asking for birthday presents, he has saved and collected coins from family and friends. These funds have been used to purchase a water pump and over 150 chicks for families in Guatemala, in the hope that children there will have opportunities to enjoy eggs and chicken too!
How amazing it is to think of the diversity in this world. Each person contains a combination of genetics, experiences and talents that have yet to exist before and the potential to make a positive difference in the lives of countless others. Since we adopted our son from Guatemala over six years ago, we have reminded him that there is a reason we were led to him and that he joined our family. He shares that same faith with his baby sister, Elliot Rose, who has also blessed our family through the gift of adoption.
As I encourage my children and agriculture students to stretch beyond their comfort zones to share their talents, I urge you to do the same. Just like those little chicks in Guatemala, you have the potential needed to make a positive difference. We all have been entrusted with gifts and passions. Don’t be afraid to share them with family, the agriculture industry and the world!