I have been changed for the good.”
Mom took Nicole and I to see Wicked at the Fox Theater for Christmas. As we were listening to the songs and the plot unfolded, one song really stuck with me. It was the song “For Good.”
Wicked – For Good (with lyrics)
With the start of second semester of school this song rings true to me each and every day. As a teacher, I have the impact on students and I get to choice whether or not it is good. Not only do I have the opportunity, but Nicole and I also try to change individuals minds about the agriculture industry. If we, and others, don’t speak up those around us will be changed. But who can say they have been changed for the better? By educating others about our passion, agriculture, we hope to help them in return and mold them into who they will become.
I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good
As you read through the lyrics you can see how each and every day we have will change someone and it is up to us to decide whether it will be for good for not.
My challenge to you, at the start of the new year, is to think of this song and its lyrics each day you roll out of bed. You will change somebody each day, whether you realize it or not. Who can say if you have changed them for the good?
Hi, I am Bethany; the oldest of the Show-Me Sisters! I am newly married to my handsome farmer husband, Wes.
As I was growing up with Nicole, I never realized the impact Agriculture would have on my life or even my sister’s. From playing in the creek during the summer or climbing hay bales and “spying” on Dad with our bright deer hunter orange jackets, larger than life Barbie walkie talkies, and our pink backpack full of snacks packed by mom. Life was great!
As we grew up we didn’t outgrow our hobbies of spying on Dad, instead we got to drive the tractor, rake hay, haul wood, and even vaccinate baby calves! Now we still help with those things! Nicole and Dad pull tractors and I get to sling weights. I help Wes haul corn to Cargill, which is made into feed that is fed to turkeys that you may eat for Thanksgiving!
We put in long hours and make many happy memories at our family farm as well as my grandparents farm; which is where Wes and I and our new puppy Jax call home.
Not only do I put in long hours at the farm but also in my classroom as an Agriculture Teacher. I have the chance each and every day to make a difference in the lives of students and I don’t take that job lightly! I try to remember the quote below.
Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. – Dalai Lama
It is a great feeling when you don’t know the difference between your hobby, work, and home. Nicole and I know that feeling and we hope you will let us show show you are lives, happiness, hardships, and passion.