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Words to Live By

You may think this blog is somewhat sporadic. Some days I talk about the global beef market, other days lead me to discuss a proposed "cow tax" or what Oprah has to say, and sometimes I just talk about what's going on in school or at the farm. Despite the many topics that bounce off this sounding board of a blog, I hope that each continues to pique your interest. In the upcoming weeks to the 2008 end, I woud like to hear from you about topics that really interest you right now. What do you see 2009 looking like? What are your concerns for the future? How do you think the agriculture business will change under an Obama administration? Let me know what you are thinking about, and I will include them in upcoming posts. This blog is yours to talk and discuss the hot topics of the day. Let me be your moderator, and you can take it from there!

At any rate, I'm glad to have this community of friends to bounce ideas off of, and I'm so thankful for each and every one of you. I receive so many thought provoking comments and emails in a day, and I have learned so much from all of you in my short time as the BEEF Daily Web Editor. I received an email this week that really touched my heart. The sender is one of my great role models. She is an agricultural advocate, a rancher, a wife, a mother and a genuinely kind person. In a conversation about my future, she gave me some great advice and she included a poem that had once helped her at a turning point in her life. I would like to share it with all of you today. Thanks for making this BEEF community great. Your continued readership and discussions are a great blessing to everyone in the beef industry. Here is the poem...Enjoy!

Live each day to the fullest

Get the most from each hour, each day, each age of your life

Then you can look forward with confidence

And look back without regrets

Be yourself but be your best self

Dare to be different and follow your own star

And don’t be afraid to be happy

Enjoy what is beautiful

Love with all your heart and soul

Believe that those you love, love you

When you are faced with a decision

Make that decision as wisely as possible

Then forget it

The moment of absolute certainty never arrives

And above all remember that

God helps those who help themselves

Act as if everything depended upon you

And pray as if everything depended upon God.