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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

The moral

This week we catch up with a teacher who is trying to teach her young third grade students how to discover the moral within a story. She told her class to ask their parents for a family story with a moral at the end of it, and to return the next day to tell their stories.

In the classroom the next day, Joe gave his example first, “My dad is a farmer and we have chickens. One day we were taking lots of eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the truck when we hit a big bump in the road; the basket fell off the seat and all the eggs broke. The moral of the story is not to put all your eggs in one basket.”

“Very good,” said the teacher.

Next, Mary said, “We are farmers too. We had twenty eggs waiting to hatch, but when they did we only got ten chicks. The moral of this story is not to count your chickens before they’re hatched.”

“Very good,” said the teacher again, very pleased with the response so far.

Next it was Bobby’s turn to tell his story: “My dad told me this story about my Aunt Karen…. Aunt Karen was a flight engineer in the war and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whisky, a machine gun and a machete.”

“Go on,” said the teacher, a little hesitant.

“Aunt Karen drank the whisky on the way down to prepare herself; then she landed right in the middle of a hundred enemy soldiers. She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete till the blade broke. And then she killed the last ten with her bare hands.”

“Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “What did your father say was the moral of that frightening story?”

“Stay away from Aunt Karen when she’s been drinking.”

Kids do say the darnest things. I know this as I have three children and have experienced many examples of a young mind “telling it like it is”. Kids don’t have a filter, they think… then they immediately say without taking the time to consider what others might think. The unfiltered mindset is what we need to create our businesses and our economy here in Tama County. We need to quit limiting what we think because of what others might think.

The moral of this story . . . thinking like an unfiltered kid can be the start to changing our local economy.  I have been amazed at the people within Tama County that are not afraid to chase their dreams. Now before you tune out and say “I’m too old or I don’t have any talent to add. Please consider this – without action – nothing ever gets done. In order for Tama County to change it will take EVERYONE realizing that they have to actually become INVOLVED. You can call our office at 641-484-3108 and we will show you how you can get involved.

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