The Christmas Experience: Thanks and Action
Posted by on December 27, 2011.
There is something about the song “Silent Night,” that puts me in a reflective mood, and along with millions of other Christmas songs, it has been playing non-stop since the beginning of December! On my way home from a chapter visit with Lincoln County, ”Silent Night” came across my radio, and I began to think about what this song really meant to me.
Beyond the religious aspects of “Silent Night,” this song reminded me of all the people who had made a difference in my life, and especially those who helped determine my path in FFA. In true Christmas spirit, I decided to sit down and write a letter to those people. I began brainstorming a list of people I wanted to write to, and within ten minutes, my list was over thirty people long! I did not realize how many people truly had an impact on my life. My list was very diverse, ranging from older FFA members, FFA alumni, peers, agriculture teachers and FFA advisors, my school administration, and my family. Think for a minute about everyone who has helped you create your path in FFA and made all of your wonderful experiences in agricultural education possible.
FFA members, I challenge you to embrace the Christmas spirit, and reach out to those who have helped you to succeed. Thank them for pushing you to reach your full potential- Your act of thanks can be as simple as sending them a letter or giving them a small token of appreciation, such as a candy cane or a holiday card. More importantly, I challenge you to become that influence for someone else. Maybe there is someone in your chapter who is struggling in school or dealing with a tough situation at home. Maybe there is someone who isn’t involved yet because no one has taken the time to reach out to them. You have the opportunity and the ability to make a difference in someone’s life, just as someone made a difference in yours. Invite them to FFA events, tell them about a contest they can compete in- the activities they can attend in FFA are endless!
It begins with you, the active FFA member. And it begins now! What better time than Christmas to show your appreciation for your experiences and share them with others? The next time you see an FFA member that you can impact, I challenge you to ask yourself, “What About Now?!” and take action!
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