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Sydnee Mason – Secretary

The One You Feed

Sydnee Mason, casual

Sydnee Mason – Secretary

When I was a little girl, one of my favorite things to do was listen to my dad tell stories. I would sit cross-legged on the deep freezer in the corner of his meeting room and listen while he motivated and inspired college rodeo athletes from across the country. Not much has changed since those days — the stories are the same and the only differences are the athletes in his program. I still love to listen to these honest, tried and true tales. One of my favorites is the following old Cherokee legend: Two Wolves.

 

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil — he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is good — he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

He continued, “Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit. The same fight is going on inside you — and every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Embracing the changes and endless possibilities that 2018 promises to bring might seem like a daunting task. Hopefully, we have all settled into those familiar routines of school, chores and homework by now, and we are ready to tackle whatever the second semester has in store. FFA members, let’s remember the wise words of the Cherokee grandfather. Whether we’re studying for a Career Development Event, memorizing our speeches for spring contest or simply investing ourselves in the Ag classroom, let’s pledge to feed the good wolf in 2018.

 

 

 

“Two Wolves” Cherokee Legend sourced from: http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/TwoWolves-Cherokee.html

 

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Reflect and Appreciate

Sydnee Mason, casual

Sydnee Mason – Secretary

We all know that the summer months are jam-packed with fun, memories and miles. Throughout the summer, FFA members across our state find themselves working hard, packing and traveling. They trek to our nation’s capital for the Washington Leadership Conference, are cruising down to Camp Rising Sun for State FFA Leadership Camp, or are working with their animals in preparation for the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Throughout my FFA career, I’ve made so many of these memories, but I never appreciated them until I took the time to stop, step back and reflect.

 

This reflection process leads me to a state of immense appreciation. I feel so thankful for my parents, advisors, teachers and mentors for turning all these summertime opportunities into reality.  I’m willing to bet that every Missouri FFA member can name at least one person who helped them transform one of those “what ifs” into a memory they will hold onto forever. Think about the feeling that role model would have if you took just five minutes out of your busy summer day to say thank you.

 

FFA Members, as our busy summers come to a close and a new school year begins let’s all take the time to stop, step back and reflect on those memories we’ve made this summer. Appreciate those who helped us make them.

 

 

 

 

 

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