INSPIRATIONAL STORIES: “Growing good corn”



“Growing Good Corn”

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.


One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned 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 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 neighbors grow inferior 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.”

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.

So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors 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 neighbors grow good corn.

It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything.

(Author unknown)



11 Comments Add yours

  1. Yes and totally agree with this story, Amira. In giving and receiving is happiness and of course everything will grow and people can live at peace and harmony. A lovely and inspiring story and the farmer did a very wise thing and he too wanted to get good yield. Thanks for the beautiful share.


    1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! So true, is in “giving” that we truly receive! 🙂

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      1. Yes and both of us feel so happy and nice to be doing this act. Welcome dear Amira.

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    1. Thank you so much dear friend! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂

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      1. My pleasure!! If it’s ok with you would love to know by what name can I call you


        1. Yes absolutely, my name is Amira and yours?

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          1. I say the same dear Tanvir! I am blessed each day when I meet new friends here! ❤

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