Make a Promise to Yourself

July 5, 2011
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I’m going to make two statements that I think cannot be argued:

1-The business of farming (or farm consulting)  is highly pressured and complicated with 24/7 demands topped by an immense amount of financial risk.

2-A farmer’s response to these daily crises and ongoing challenges affects every family member and close friend.

Agreed?

There’s no doubt that farming requires a strong physical constitution, but also a remarkable power to “bounce back” when the going gets tough.  Some years, the best hope is that the good days outnumber the bad. I was reminded of this fact when I came across a news item from Taiwan:  Farmer’s suicide sparks controversy over rice policy

It’s not easy asking for help. And, requesting physical help is a breeze compared to reaching out to talk with someone about what’s going on in your head.

I’m asking you to make a promise to yourself.

If the pressure of this or any season mired down in  floods, dry weather, crop insurance, no crop insurance, personal problems, or even farm bill politics  becomes too much of a burden, reach out to a mental health professional. Be assured that you will be in good company. Somebody you already know can recommend one.

My friend, Farmer John, likes to say:  Nothing  is as good as as you think it is, nor as bad as you think it is.

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