Two weeks have passed since our trip to Kansas. The suitcases are unpacked; the dust is washed off of the trucks; our days have settled back into a routine. Although our lives are returning back to normal, the stories we heard and the people we met are etched on our hearts.
Although not as frequently as the week leading up to our trip, occasionally, I still receive phone calls from reporters wanting to share our group’s story. One question that always makes its way into the conversations is, “Why did you do this?”
Typically, the answer I give has something to do with being involved in agriculture and feeling empathetic toward the needs of the ranchers in Kansas. In a good year, farming and ranching is challenging. When a catastrophe like this hits, all bets are off. We know that if we were to face a similar hurdle, farmers we’ve never met would be knocking on our doors to help.
All of that’s true, but there’s more.
The world needs more doers. People who see a problem and step up and pitch in. People who don’t wait for someone else to take care of each other’s needs. People who take charge and make the world a better place. There’s a song by Matthew West that says what I’m trying to say way better than I can say it.
For me, one of the neatest things to come from this project has been the ripple effect. I cannot count the number of convoys that have headed west from our state. Groups that have jumped up and said, if we can do it, then so can they. That’s true, you know. There’s nothing stopping any of us from doing something to help. Whether it is ranchers we’ve never met 1100 miles away or our next door neighbor, we all of the potential to make a difference. All we have to do is something.
“…If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something…”