You might have noticed that for the first time since May this year, I did not publish posts on two consecutive publishing days.
There was no post on Friday 7th or Tuesday 11th November, although because my post on the previous Tuesday was published shortly before the 4 pm Eastern setting for email distribution by my email autoresponder service, subscribers would have only received it on Friday.
A commitment I could not break was moved forward by factors outside my control.
For the previous two years, I have helped a neighbouring family with the corn harvest by operating their crop drier for them.
The family has been very good to Sue and I since we moved to Canada. The family lost a son to cancer two years ago, another son moved away to pursue a different career. The remaining son and his father manage a large operation. They have people to drive tractors and farm equipment, they can easily find part-time truck drivers.
But few people apart from other grain farmers have the experience to operate the crop drier. Other farmers are all busy with their own crops right now. My experience as a farmer for many years makes it a simple operation for me to manage. It also earns me some money which is useful.
In the previous two years, the corn harvest started in the last ten days of November which meant that my commitment to run the drier started around the 20 th of the month.
This year the harvest started on the 10 th November, which meant spending Thursday and Friday the previous week getting the equipment ready. I had no time to create blog posts in advance.
There is a short window of time before the snow arrives. The threat of rain provides an incentive to keep going as long as possible each day the weather is kind to us.
That means it is long days. 13 hours non stop on my feet on Tuesday. Moving trucks in and out of the unloading bay, climbing ladders to check tank levels. Quite a stretch for an old guy who sits at a desk for most of the year. Thankfully, my horse riding, walking and wood cutting has kept me reasonably fit.
At first, missing those two posts was a big concern. I felt that I had failed in my commitment. Then I realised that the only reason for that was because of a higher level commitment to some one else.
As irritating as it is to miss some blog posts and fall behind with some of my other work, I have to accept it. I made a commitment to others and I must honour that, no matter the personal cost.
That is what commitment means, our commitment to others must be honoured. We must do what we have promised to do. Do our duty.
That’s why this week we remember those who lost their lives in the two World Wars and other conflicts. They honoured their commitments and paid a huge price.
There are another two weeks to go, which means blog posts will be sporadic until late December.