My Neighbors' Fields
A farmer won the "Biggest Corn" trophy every year at an agricultural fair.
One of the reporters, intrigued by his annual success, asked him how he did it, given that competition was always tough.
The farmer replied, “Every year after I win, I share my best crops with my neighbors.”
“Why are you doing that,” asked the reporter. “After all you will be competing with them next year.”
“You do not know? The wind collects pollen from ripe corn and carries it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior varieties, it will reduce the quality of my maize as well. I give some extra care to my field, but first and foremost I must make sure that the best corn grows in my neighbors’ fields.”
Those who want to be happy must help others find happiness because the well-being of each of us is related to the well-being of those around us. Our task is to "infect" others with love and good deeds because our happiness also depends on the happiness of others.
"Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6