I need to impart to you a story on giving, all the more so as I have been a beneficiary of quality giving more often than not.
There used to be a farmer who developed award-winning corn. Every year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon, the first prize.
One year a paper columnist talked with him and mastered something fascinating about how he developed it. The columnist found that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.
“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbours when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbours grow good corn.”
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbour’s corn also improves.
So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbours to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbours grow good corn
Excerpt from Olusoji Oyawoye