What Kind of Year Will It Be

I’ve always liked the Carl Sandburg story about the Kansas farmer I heard from Earl Nightingale many years ago.

A Kansas farmer who, as he contemplated the great mysteries of life, was asked by a passing stranger in a covered wagon, “What kind of people live around here?” To which the farmer replied, “Well stranger, what kind of folks were there in the country you come from?”

“Well, there was a mostly low-down, lying, thieving, gossiping, backbiting lot of people,” said the stranger. And the farmer replied, “Well, stranger, I guess that’s about the kind of folks you’ll find around here.”

The first wagon was hardly out of sight when another newcomer interrupted the farmer’s reverie with the same question: “What kind of folks was there in the country you came from?” the farmer asked again. “Well,” said the stranger, “there was mostly a decent, hardworking, law-abiding, friendly lot of people.” And again the farmer replied, “Well, I guess, stranger, that’s about the kind of folks you’ll find around here.”

What kind of year will this be for you and me?

I guess we’ll get what we look for. Our attitude determines what we see and how we experience.

Happy new year. I pray for your growth and success this year. May you be a light in someone’s life.

One Response to “What Kind of Year Will It Be”

  1. josephruizjr Says:

    Thank you Gary and the very same to you. Thanks for your thoughtful reflections.

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