“NO” — is it in your vocabulary?

by Matt and Morgan Aultman

If you get to know us, you’ll see we have an issue with saying NO. Matt works as a feed, seed and grain dealer during the day and is a 4-H adviser, fair board member, county Farm Bureau president, Chamber of Commerce chairman of the board, township zoning board member, multiple advisory councils and is currently endeavoring into politics running for county commissioner. Morgan is just as involved teaching high school Chemistry and Physics at a local rural school district and is the Drama Club adviser, Science Club Adviser and class adviser and in the evenings is a 4-H cloverbud adviser, program director for the local chapter of Farm Safety 4 Just Kids, and during the summer is the farm market manager for the downtown farmers market.

We become actively involved with our community to help improve it for where our children will grow up and hopefully live.

Jack Fisher gave us a book when we joined the Young Ag Professional committee called “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek. This has been one of the driving forces for us to sort out what we should be involved with, because opportunities abound for all of us. We have found we can do all that we do by turning off the TV, limiting our YouTube and Facebook viewing time and looking around to see what needs done in your community. On average a typical 25-42 year-old spends 33 hours per week watching TV and 40 minutes each day on Facebook and YouTube (or 9.3 hours per week). these are scary but true numbers that could be used to forward your goals and your community.

Don’t make this out to be an anti-TV/Internet message. Believe me we enjoy escaping reality with television series, conversing with friends on Facebook and we have attended many classes on YouTube University when we fix things around our farm. Making a few adjustments in your schedule, the possibilities are endless when you become involved with your local Farm Bureau or service club in your community and you never know how it could change your world.

One last thing, bring your children (if you have them) with you and the lessons they learn will be invaluable.