The coveted moment in the show ring is when the judge turns towards you, tips his hat and shakes your hand. The moment that crowns a champion.
A simple gesture, a moment in time…a world of unspoken words.
A handshake is a greeting, a farewell, an expression of congratulations, a condolence, the beginning of negotiations, the sealing of a deal, a first and a final impression.
Yet, so many people miss the gravity and importance of this unspoken moment. A good handshake speaks volumes about a person, and a not-so-good handshake can end a moment before it even begins.
From the moment you stick out your hand, a judgment is being made. I once heard a car salesman say he could tell by a person’s handshake how much money he was going to make.
Wow! I certainly don’t want my handshake to classify me as a sucker.
What does your handshake say about you?
A handshake should…
The stock show life teaches the inner strength to persevere and never give up. Some of the youngsters out there are too little to throw hay bales, but what they lack in physical strength, they make up for in inner strength. Inner strength is the determination to pull through even when life tries to knock you off the wagon. A firm handshake shows the strength to never back down, even when the way is tough.
The next time you shake someone’s hand, make it matter. Whether you are introducing yourself to your next cattle buyer, closing the deal on a new land purchase, wishing someone well in the show ring, or receiving that winner’s handshake, do it with confidence, pride, humility, and strength.
A handshake is a quiet gesture that speaks so many words. In this world of social media, text messages, e-mail and phone calls, personal interactions can take a back seat. Sometimes, it seems a handshake is a symbol of a time gone by. Don’t let the significance of a firm handshake go unnoticed.
The measure of a man can be summed up in the honor of his word, the strength of his hands and the kindness in his eyes.
Yet, the honor of a man’s word, the strength of his hands and the kindness in his eyes can all be summed up in a firm handshake.
What does your handshake say about your character?
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Hello! I am Heather... the city girl turned mom to manure loving country boys. My husband and I both grew up in the city, but spent weekends visiting grandparents in the country. We are first generation farmers who learn best by almost always doing things the hard way. I hope you enjoy following along with our adventures down on the farm.