Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The “edge” starts to come off the summer heat, shipping is behind us, fall cow work is complete, and all our herds are organized and in rotations for the winter. It’s a time to slow down a little and visit with friends and family around the Thanksgiving holiday. It is one of my favorite holidays; no rush to buy gifts, just time to spend with family and friends and to have a great meal and fellowship.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving I am grateful for the opportunity to work in this industry and for all the great people with whom I get to work. I am grateful for the support I have felt throughout the State from all of you and from my family as I have worked as your President these past four months. And, I am grateful for this great Country in which we live and for those who have preserved its freedom. It certainly has its challenges but it is still a privilege to live in the United States.
Willie Nelson once said, “When I started counting my blessing, my whole life turned around”. I know I often take for granted my many blessing. I get in a hurry and don’t take the time to appreciate a beautiful sunrise or get too busy to take a few hours to go fishing with my son. There are lots of good things to do, I suppose we all need to sort through the many good things to make sure we are picking the best things.
So, this Thanksgiving season I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes to count your many blessings and let it turn your life around.
Best Wishes for the Holidays to you and your families,