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The next few years.

I have thought about this the last few years and today I saw a quote that put it so plainly to me. So I thought I would share it for those who have not seen it before. " 10% is the opportunity in life, 90% is what you do with it"  

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”

 Charles R. Swindoll quote

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Re: The next few years.

Boarsnest1,

 

I'll weigh-in by saying I agree. On a similar note, I read a story about a dad that was raising his boy in the city but wanted to show his son how poor people lived. So, the dad takes his son to the country to visit a farm. The farm-family gave the father-son combo a tour around their place, both inside the house and out.

 

On the way home, the dad asks the boy what he saw and what he learned about the poor. The boy says, "Dad, I learned the poor make their own milk and grow their own food, and we have to buy it. We have a tiny yard, and the poor have grass and hills that stretch as far as you can see. I learned the poor sit at a table and eat together and not in their cars and in their living rooms away from each other. The poor seem happier with less, does that mean we have too much?

 

Attitude can shape our minds. Thanks Boarsnest1. Now, if we can apply this attitude towards a solid risk management plan, we can give farmers piece of mind and more hair on their heads.

 

Thanks man. I needed that. All of this concrete gets to me sometimes.

 

Mike

 

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Re: The next few years.

Yes, it is the 10% that we are discussing on this board. This Week On Agribusiness just stated that we have had a record corn crop 4 out of the last 5 years. Many of us know this, but just think we cannot hardly keep up. 2010 has taken China from an exporter of corn to an importer of corn. Many think Ethanol will get crushed. Not me, big oil rules this world. Big oil likes ethanol, it prolongs thier rule. What would big oil like to see? Do you think that every person in China and India owning three vehicles like us Americans do would be something that they would like? These growing middle class are no longer eating rice and seaweed three meals a day either. I see strong demand in all ag sectors continuing for a while, what do you see?  These eastern economies are in my opinion the bigggest factor in our future and probably the least understood. 

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Boars, good thing to remeber!  In the end every day is a gift I get up looking forward to tearing off the paper and gettin at it. somedays it is exactly what I want and some days I would like the gift reciept to return it. But in the end every day the passes makes the next sweeter.  I told a guy who was complaining about winter the other day and said something like " the winters are harder as I get older! He asked me if I agreed"  I said no! I am not getting older! just more refined!  LIfe is attitude Only thing I like to complain about is people who complain.Smiley Very Happy

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I would definitely agree with you, I don't think we can keep growing record crops year in and year out. The world and markets will get used to this. The only thing keeping food remotely cheap is good crops. A world war would be the only way demand for food would slow. If a world war was sparked many of us if not all wouldn't be around to see the end of it anyway so peace on a large scale is kept. Those who had enough attitude to survive the farm crisis are now reaping the rewards of their determination. One has to look at a rural community and see the very few remaining farm families and know that their grit and determination kept them on the farm all these years.

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