There was a farmer who grew high-grade quality, award-winning corn in his farm. Each year, he entered his corn in the state fair competition where it won honors and prizes.

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew his corn. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in the competition with yours each year?” The reporter asked. “Why did you do that?”

The farmer replied, “Didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen grains from the ripening corn and swirls it from the field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior, sub-standard and poor quality corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I have to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors to grow good corn too.”

The farmer gave a superb insight into the connectedness of gardening life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbors’ corn also improves. So it is in the other dimensions and areas of life!

Those who choose to be in harmony must help their neighbors and colleagues to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others live well too. The value of a life is measured by the lives it touches.

‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The best of companions with Allah is the one who is best to his companions, and the best of neighbours to Allah is the one who is the best of them to his neighbour”. [Narrated by Imam At-Tirmidhi, Book 1, Hadith 311)

Success does not happen in isolation; it is most often a participatory and collective process. So share the good practices, ideas and new knowledge with your family, friends, team members and neighbors and all. As they say: “Success breeds Success.”

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