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The value of a life is measured by the lives it touches


There was a farmer who grew superior quality and award-winning corn in his fields. Each year he participated in the state fair where corn grown by him won honor and prizes. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learnt something interesting about how he grew it.

The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are competing with you in the same competition in each year? The reporter asked. Why sir? Asked the farmer, don’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn too.

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves. So it is in the other dimensions. Those who choose to be at harmony must help their neighbors and colleagues to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well.

The value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. Success does not happen in isolation. It is very often a predicative and collective process. So share the good practices, idea, new learning with your family, neighbors and team members. Enjoy working in teams. We cannot help ourselves without helping others. We cannot enrich our lives without enriching others. We cannot prosper without bringing prosperity to others

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