By John Jacobson, NDFB Director of Member Relations
Fall has always been my favorite time of the year for a number of reasons. I enjoy the cooler weather, harvest is upon us, and hunting season is around the corner. Basically, it’s a great time of the year to spend time outdoors.
Even though it’s an enjoyable time of year, it’s also very hectic with the harvest, hauling hay home and the overall preparation for the winter months that are sure to follow. As our kids have gotten older there is an added dimension of craziness to the fall schedule. Our family goes from the quieter days of summer with less structure to crazy schedules and complete chaos of figuring out who needs to be where and when. Truth be told, my wife manages that aspect and I simply get assigned a task and hope to not disappoint anyone at the end of the day.
As circumstances and life situations change, I always find it amazing how my perspective changes. For instance, when I was a field representative for NDFB, I was baffled how members could be involved in YF&R and their county board, and then often disappear for several years until their kids graduate from high school. Now that I’m living it, I understand it more today than I ever used to.
It’s easier said than done, but it’s important to make the time for the things that are important in your life. Take time to stop and smell the harvest, or hay, or soil, or whatever that particular thing is that brings you joy. I hope you all have a safe and prosperous fall!
Editor’s note: Jacobson’s son, Chance, shares some of his farm chores in a Chores with Chance YouTube series. Just uploaded episode three!