Missouri FFA and Agriculture Education | Elizabeth Knipp – VP
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Elizabeth Knipp – VP

Driving Lessons

Elizabeth Knipp, casual

Elizabeth Knipp, VP

When I was learning to drive, one of my favorite things to do was take my family’s farm truck out in the pasture to practice. One evening, as I was headed back to my house, I took a short cut through an area in the pasture where we fed our cows hay during the winter months. I began driving on top of what I assumed to be solid ground. Halfway through the shortcut, the truck started to sink into the ground. Not wanting to stop, I pushed my foot down on the gas pedal to go faster only to be stuck in the mud with my tires spinning. As I looked out the driver’s window, I noticed what I had presumed to be solid ground was in fact loose hay spread on the surface, covering the muddy ground below. My shortcut had caused a much larger problem. Every day, we encounter shortcuts that seem the easiest route for us to take. Though tempting, these shortcut actions inhibit us from being the best versions of ourselves and lead us to overlooking important details. I encourage each of us to full-heartily complete tasks, from committing to a contest team to giving a speech in class, with the best of our abilities we can gain the most from these experiences.

 

 

 

 

 

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Walk With Purpose

Elizabeth Knipp, VP

Elizabeth Knipp, VP

“Walk with purpose!” This statement has become engrained in my head ever since I spent a week in Washington, D.C. with over 200 FFA members from across the country for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) this past summer. When we began traveling in the city, every member who was attending the conference had to remain vigilant in making sure they stayed within designated groups so someone did not get lost in the bustle of our nation’s capital city. Our group leaders could often be heard yelling, ‘walk with purpose” to ensure we arrived at our destinations safely and did not stray from our path because of distractions presented along the way. Through their reminders, we were able to use this statement as a guide in achieving our goals. As the awaited summer months have arrived, I am reminded of how we can use the phrase “walk with purpose’ and opportunities FFA provides to remain on target with our tasks at hand.

 

Sometime our plans and goals become clouded because we lose sight of the purpose we have set to achieve. This can be due to setbacks or obstacles which form in our path. However, if we clearly define our gals and ambitions, we will continue to walk with a purpose. Whether by preparing a speech during the Public Speaking Academy or starting a conversation with a peer at FFA Camp, let all actions have a meaningful purpose to ensure you reach your destination during these summer months!

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