This tractor is in a field close to where I am staying right now. I have no idea how long it has been there, but would venture to guess it has been a while now.
Surrounding it are fields that seem to have no owners. They are fallow, but there is evidence of rows that were once growing crops of what I can only assume is cotton - since I am in West Texas and that is the crop of choice.
This image is reminiscent of what I have seen over and over in my travels. Land sitting all alone that is mostly a mess. Some lots have been restored to their original state, but most are filled with trash, broken fences, and a history that has been lost in time.
Did you know the average age of a farmer is 58? The sons and daughters of farmers and ranchers tend to move to the city either because they are bored or they can't make a living on the land anymore. There is still quite a bit of subsidies being given to farmers for either growing or not growing crops. Even the farmers and ranchers who remain are struggling with how to survive and if they can keep doing the work it requires provided there is enough water to get it done.
Personal opinions run hot, politics run deep, and problems prevail. But, because I am not a farmer nor do I know all the politics - what I see is a whole lot of potential.
One of the things I invested my time in here in West Texas was to learn about this land, how to restore it, what could be done, and why it wasn't being done. In a country that is floundering because of misused resources, regulations gone wild, and a financial/economic system that only supports itself and not the people who contribute to it - what I hope this new generation of humans will see is what I see, a whole lot of potential.
The drought isn't the problem, the way the land is used is the problem. The technology isn't the problem, the way the technology is used is the problem. The people aren't the problem, the old paradigms are the problem.
There are only two ways to look at any situation - as the problem or as the solution. It feels like we have become as tired and as worn out as this tractor - broken down and abandoned with no hope of getting started again. But we are surrounded by potential.
There is plenty of land, resources, water, ingenuity, solutions, and money - if we stop looking at the old paradigm of money driving the tractor and a new (though ancient) paradigm of creativity and love as driving the tractor. When you add love to creation, you get freedom. That is the basis of this new world that is emerging.
Anyone want to go for a ride on a tractor?
Welcome to my Journey!
I'm inviting you to join me on my journey as I seek to find a new way of being in an old set of systems. It's hard, but worth it!