My family traveled back to my home town for a few days at Christmas this year. Every time that I go back to West Palm Beach, I am reminded of my childhood days. I find myself trying to connect the dots that led me from the swimming pool and the beach to the prairies of Nebraska.
Approximately 1800 miles to the north and west takes you to Cozad, Nebraska…
Some may argue that Matt dragged me those 1800 miles from civilization to the great unknown but I view my move to rural America as a journey led by a search for my own special place.
When I arrived in Nebraska, I realized the start to a beautiful journey. I found:
- A place where I would discover a passion for the land and all of its marvelous creatures.
- A place where I would find my own true self and the vocation that I believe that I was born to fulfill.
- A place where I would learn to raise animals and grow food–cementing my belief that personal pride grows alongside hard work.
- A place where I would raise a family—the next generation of thoughtful and motivated Americans.
It is my sincere hope that wherever her destination, she will strive for greatness and stay true to her beautiful self. I pray that she will always share of her gifts and talents as she ventures through those uncharted waters of life. Today as I reflect back on the last 20 years, I remember this mantra from Winston Churchill:
May we all have the courage to delve heartily into 2013, always remembering that gifts are only as powerful as the number of people with whom we share them…