“Most People have a desire to look for the exception instead of the desire to become exceptional.”
-John C. Maxwell
As the holidays and the New Year approach we get the opportunity to look back and examine the things we have done over the past year. For some this means an onslaught of gifts, others time with friends and family, and many a new year’s resolution. The holidays mark the halfway point between FFA Camps. It means it’s time to start thinking about last year and what we accomplished and then turning that around and looking forward to putting together another program that will inspire, grow, and train young FFA members to be the next generation of leaders of the organization.
I reflect about the times when I was an FFA member and how it has changed. When I was in high school there was no Facebook, no smartphone, no tablet, or laptop computer. As an FFA member we were lucky if all of the officers had cell phones and most of us were in the process of begging our parents to add texting to our cell phone plan. We had more officer meetings to get our planning done, we were less connected with chapters around the state, and other FFA members from other towns were somewhat of an unknown.
It’s the time of the year to be thankful, show appreciation for our friends and family, eat too much food, and enjoy the cold weather. It’s time to enjoy those relationships we are so lucky to have fostered around our state and be happy for those modern developments “that help make it so.”
Think about FFA Camp and how it impacted us the first time. We think about how much excitement, inspiration, and drive we are filled with during our first week in the mountains. When you think about those things you learned last summer and how you can use those things during these holidays. If you find yourself caught up in all the holiday fuss, remember those things that were projected onto you at camp that set you on your path to becoming exceptional.
It’s also a good time to look forward, to 2014. I for one will be thinking about all of those people who give of themselves to make camp the success that it has become. From the financial supporters, counselors, cooks, directors and state officers all the way to the campers; everyone has a part to play in camp’s success. If you’re reading this there is good chance that you are one of those people that has had a part in FFA camp.
I thank you all and ask what part of FFA Camp instilled in you the desire to become exceptional? Let us know through email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, or a phone call.