Those First Five Minutes
f you can survive the first five minutes, you can survive forever. In my younger days I did a lot of long distance running and I noticed that within the first five minutes, I wanted to tap out. Every time. But if I got through the first half mile, the next ten were easy.
I am willing to bet this is the same for most people with most activities. It’s tough right away, but it gets much less challenging. Unfortunately, most people tap out in the first five minutes, thinking they are dying when easy street is right around the corner. They are right there. They have to push a little more, but they can’t.
In athletics and life, you must find a way to battle through the early struggle to get to the zen.
Zen is when you settle in, get into a rhythm, stop focusing on what you are doing, and just do.This pattern scales up infinitely.The first five minutes are more challenging than the next hour.The first day is more challenging than the rest of the week.The first week is more challenging than the rest of the month.The first month is more challenging than the rest of the year. The longer you go, the more comfortable and stronger you become, and the more you can do.
Perhaps most importantly, enduring the first five minutes when you want to quit proves you didn’t quit. And once you start proving that you don’t quit, you can do anything. The sky is the limit. Survive the first five minutes, and you can crush it!
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Ginger Myers was born and raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Her family left their farm in Mercersburg when she was only six years old, but she spent many Sunday afternoons and summers with her cousins working and learning on their family dairy farms. Along the way she became inoculated with the farming “bug”. She is a proud Penn State graduate. It was while working as a Field Agent for the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders Association that she met and married John Myers, a third generation dairy farmer. They began their married lives as dairy farmers on John’s paternal grandfather’s farm, but that was not to last. While not always actively farming, they’ve both always worked in fields related to agriculture. They have been sweethearts, best friends, and life partners for more than thirty years.
Ginger established and operated a wet-chemistry testing lab for 10 years that specialized in analyzing feed and forages. She worked as an Ag Marketing Specialist in Economic Development in Howard County, Maryland, for 8 years, and is the State Marketing Specialist for Ag and Natural Resources with the University of Maryland Extension. She has had the privilege of working closely with several NESARE projects, served on the Maryland State Agriculture Commission, and has been a longtime member of Future Harvest CASA- serving four terms on its Board of Directors.
John and Ginger have made lots of great friends working in agriculture and as producers. Evermore Farm is their ardent effort to “walk the talk” about the viability of diversified, sustainable small farms. However, both agree that their best “crop” is their children, Susan and Andrew. Both are now married with wonderful partners and have children of their own. Family is our greatest joy and serves as “True North” on the farmer’s compass.
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