It is with mixed emotions that I write the last of my comments as President of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association. On one hand I welcome the end to a year, that I feel has been one of the most demanding of my life and yet on the other a year that has offered experiences that I would not have ever experienced without this opportunity.
I often remember those that came before us. The ones that sacrificed so much and asked for so little. I think of those who found simple pleasures in a cool drink of water or a letter from a friend or loved one. I think of how they existed with only the things they needed and found satisfaction in their life and strived to better things for those that came after them. The folks that felt that if they left their way of life better than it was left to them that they had not failed either side before or after. There is truth in that way of life, yet we sometime easily overlook it. In a world that is driven by instant information and communication where success is often measured by degrees and successful portfolios. It is important to remember that happiness has not always been measured in the success of such things.
All of us that have the blessings of a way of life that is rooted in heritage, traditions, honesty and pride have the opportunity to look at things at arm’s length. we find joy in the sun coming up and hearing the woods come to life. We find comfort in the coolness of a shade. We see the joys of our children and grandchildren when they witness the wonders of nature and no matter how old we become we never grow old of the same pleasures. We live in a world where common sense is a base line that is used to build solutions. In a world where our young people delight us with yes sir and ma’am and thank you and please and do not find shame in thanking the good lord for our blessings.
As I traveled across the state this year I expected to find all kind of folks from all walks of life. I expected that from time to time I would be asked to defend the actions of the FCA in some difficult settings. To my surprise what I found was something that I knew all along. I knew that we all were cut from the same cloth and that we all were raised with the same values. In hind sight, I found that folks across our association were good folks that knew the same values and ethics that has made this country great. I found that our way of life holds true to the commitment of God, family and country this reaffirmed my belief that we all are better together. I believe we enjoy something that no other way of life enjoys, a likeness like no other. A tradition of core values that guide each of us through a way of life that requires such standards. I know we all don’t see eye to eye on all issues and to solve specific problems that difference is important. But when the sun goes down Folks with like hearts will make the best to protect what is dear to them.
You have seen and heard the slogan that I picked this year “Our Roots Run Deep” In hind sight that couldn’t have proven to be truer. Thank you to each and every one of you for a wonderful year of experiences, friendships and more so for reassuring me that what I knew to be true, that you are the reason that our roots run deep.
2016-2017 FCA President