When I would ask my Dad about how things were going with the farm or about anything in general and I didn’t like his answer he followed by saying, “That’s just part of it.”
Well he wasn’t the only man in the business of agriculture that said those same words.
The following conversation was between the Pioneer Woman and her rancher husband, Marlboro Man.
Pioneer Woman: Okay, so how do you feel to live in an ocean where the waves that carry you are the markets, the weather, and other factors that are beyond your control?
Marlboro Man: That’s just part of it.
Pioneer Woman: Part of what?
Marlboro Man: Part of agriculture. Part of life. It’s actually kind of liberating at a certain point — you do the best that you can with what you can control, and you pray about what you can’t control. And you have faith that it’ll all work out in the end.
This drought that has come upon us this summer is out of our control, but that’s just part of it. My Dad always said you can’t have a good year every year. I believe this is the worst year that I have seen in my lifetime. So I will continue to understand that “that’s just part of it” in this industry. I will also continue to “pray about what you can’t control.”