Making Hay While the Sun is Shining

Most people have heard the old saying that you have to “… make hay while the sun is shining…”.  And the truth is, you do.

Where does this saying come from?  Hay can only be cut and rolled into  bales when it is dry. If the hay is wet, it can rot and possibly spontaneously combust.  A dry sunny day is perfect for haying.  It  means you should do something while you have the opportunity, because later on, the opportunity may no longer be there for you. Do the job before things change and make it impossible for you to do it – don’t procrastinate.  If you do not make hay when the sun shines, it may rain, and then you can’t make hay at all.

The Farmer checks the weather forecast several days in advance and plans to cut the hay when there  is a reasonable chance of hot, dry, sunny weather.  Once cut, he will let it dry or cure for a couple of days, and then roll it into bales to be fed to his livestock during the winter months.

In business and in life, there are seasons of opportunity that if not seized upon, they are gone forever.  Just as the Farmer watches for the right time to “make hay”, so there are times in my mortgage business when I need to do the same.  If interest rates are low and home prices reasonable, I must “make hay while the sun is shining”.   Opportunity waits for no one.

But it struck me that this saying is also true for our relationships.  There are seasons when the sun is shining brightly and we have the opportunity to spend time with those we love.  The day could be coming that the opportunity is no longer there.  It’s about our choices of how we spend our time and resources.    Are we “making hay while the sun is shining”?

The Farmer’s father is almost 93 years old.  This week, with hay cut in the fields, waiting to be baled and the chance of rain looming heavily in the skies, the Farmer chose to spend time with his father who was in the hospital instead of baling the hay.  “The hay can wait….” were his words.

The Farmer really was making hay while the sun was shining.  He just wasn’t using his tractor and baler to do it.

What opportunity – business or personal – do you need to seize right now before it is gone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • mike giddens

    what’s so amazing about the Farmer’s community…….they are always willing to help a neighbor in a time of need…..it’s a shame more communities aren’t like that any more!

  • Wendy Daniels

    Seize the opportunity when the sun is shining…..What a great reminder to set goals when I wake up and seize the moment; otherwise, I’m left laying in bed at night wide awake thinking of all the should have, could have, wanted to do things that I let get away and can never get this day back. Thank you Louise for reminding us to take the time and seize the moment!

  • Sherri Roach

    Yes, Louise, we should always seize the moment. My thoughts and prayers are with the Farmer’s Father. He will not regret letting the hay wait.

    • Louise Thaxton

      You said it – seize the day!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      You said it – seize the day!

  • leeannb@fairwaymc.com

    Louise, This blogs touches very close to home!! You talk about seasons when the sun is shining brightly and we have the opportunity to spend time with those we love. The day could be coming that the opportunity is no longer there…Recently our oldest son graduated college and followed his heart/dream and entered the Military/Army. Our family no longer has the opportunity to spend time with our son. I no longer get those wonderful hugs that warm my heart, see that beautiful smile that lights up the room or laughter that makes you happy to be in his company. The smallest things like a text message make my entire day/week. In life it is so important to treasure the time we have with loved ones and understand that we truly do not have any problems in the world.
    Lee Ann Butts

    • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

      Lee Ann, the next time you text your son, Tell him thank you for his service. We all appreciate it and he is in our prayers. .

      • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

        I agree, Brian!

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      LeeAnn – what a wonderful tribute to the love in your family – I appreciate your son’s service and the love you have for him. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sherri Roach

      Lee Ann, our hearts go out to you and your family… we are so greatful for the men and women who are serving our country- We all appreciate their service!
      God Bless Them!
      Our thoughts and prayers are with ~ your son,

    • Wendy Daniels

      We appreciate your son’s service. God bless you and your family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

    Another great blog Louise. I 100% agree with you that we have to seize the opportunities before they are gone.

    • http://www.SevenPillarsOfSuccess.Net Louise Thaxton

      Amen, Brian – we never know when those opportunities will be gone forever!

      • http://www.facebook.com/brian.gardner.3979 Brian Gardner

        We all tend to focus more on our problems in this world and not enough time focusing on our loved ones. When we lose someone in our lives, there is one thought that normally comes to everyone mind. Do you know what that thought is?
        I wish I would of spent more time with them.
        It is time to seize the opportunity when the sun is shining, so that thought will never cross your mind again.