Your farm transition journey
Welcome to the heart of my work. Writing to farm families has been my privilege for over 25 years. Themes stem from threads of conversations with farm families keen to live in harmony and find new ways to manage their business.
This is a journey.
Please share these insights with your farm family and agriculture networks. It’s high time for a mindset shift in the culture of agriculture. Procrastination and conflict avoidance need to stop. Embracing a growth mindset with transparency of expectations and emotions starts now.
Dive in here with me, I’m here to listen and encourage. Share your comments.
Power of attorney is a written, legal document authorizing one or more persons to manage your money and property on your behalf when you are unable to do so. In most of Canada, the person you select is called an attorney, but that person is not required to be a lawyer.
Dr. Henry Cloud is my favourite mentor about boundaries, and his “One Life Solution Workbook” engages us to seek out an audit of our time, our weak spots which he calls holes in the fences of our boundaries. I have summarized his 10 Laws of boundaries with my spin for farms.
Many of you reading this wish you had a problem this year with plugged combines, your crop has not done well due to drought. I don’t operate a combine any longer, yet I like the word picture or vision of trying to shove too much crop too fast with a resulting thunk (technical term for plugging up).
Farm families are quite surprised to hear me affirm them with the words “ you are not alone” in their journey of conflict. Many families across the country are quick to hide what is really going on inside the farm kitchen door. They are proud, independent, self-sufficient entrepreneurs who have no desire to “air their dirty laundry.”
“I’m sorry.” You express regret. I was quick to do this after I heard the thud of hitting the truck. I also expressed regret to the semi-driver who grazed me as I was backing my SUV out of my garage onto my lane, rushing to get to the post office. I now always look down the lane before cranking out of the driveway! Sometimes expressing regret is all it takes to make restitution with…