200 silent farmers
In a world of nearly nothing but tragic news updates and shootings, sometimes it’s nice when a little good news comes along, usually of some good deed. Recently 200 farmers in Nebraska did the unexpected when an 80 acre farm came up for sale at auction. It showed people have respect still for what’s known as the American dream, the ability to live off your own land and support yourself.
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A man named David and his father attended the auction determined to regain ownership of the plot. Years before a family member without the best intentions sold the farm to a relative and it eventually ended up in auction providing the perfect opportunity for him to try and get back the farm.
David and his father went to auction expecting to be outbid for the farm but they were still determined to at least give it a shot. When the house was announced they placed their bid. To their surprise, the other 200 or so farmers stayed silent out of respect for their desire to regain their old land. The auctioneer called for more bids but none came.
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To David’s surprise, he bought the farm back that day. Recalling the event he said “I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life. The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the auction house.”
So just when we thought the world forgot about the concept of the golden rule, that is to treat others as you would wish to be treated, we are met with stories like this that remind us there are still decent humans out there, trying to make a difference in small ways.
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What can you do to pay it forward today?