A good farmer knows that in order to plow a straight row, you must stay focused on what is straight ahead. You can not get caught up on looking backwards – the past – on what you should have done. Neither can you get distracted by looking to either side – the distractions – on what you could be doing. A good farmer knows that in order to plow a straight row, he/she must keep their body, mind, and eyes moving forward.
This farmer I heard about took his young son to market on a horse. He started off letting his son ride the horse as he walked alongside. As they walked along, he overheard someone behind him say, “Look at that lazy boy making that old man walk.” The farmer paused and looked back to address his critic but to no avail, the critic was gone.
Hearing that, the farmer took his son off the horse and began riding the horse as his son walked alongside. Someone on the side of them said, “Look at that man making that little boy walk while he rides.” The farmer again paused and looked to the side to address his critic but to no avail, the critic was gone.
The farmer then decided to pull the little boy up on the horse with him and they both started riding the horse. Suddenly, the farmer heard someone on the other side of him saying, “How can they be so cruel to the horse by placing such a heavy load on him.” The farmer paused and looked to his other side to address his critic but again, to no avail, the critic was already gone.
By the time the farmer and his son got to the market, it was closed and they were carrying the horse!
The point of this message is that people are always going to have something to say, no matter what you do. It is important for you, the farmer, not to get distracted from your destiny by allowing others’ perception of you or what you are doing to distract you.
It is ok to listen to sound advice, utilize what you can from it and with a breathe of kindness, blow the rest away. However, you must “keep it moving” with your body, mind, and eyes moving forward.