The most recent sign I posted to the refrigerator did not go over well.
I don’t know why my family didn’t like my sign: “Money is like manure. If you spread it around it does a lot of good. But if you pile it up in one place it stinks like heck.*”
My husband Tom’s response - “That’s gross.”
My 23-year-old daughter Carly’s response - I suspect she took a photo of it and shared it on Snapchat with a witty caption about how weird her mom is.
I guess they didn’t feel as motivated by it as I did when I read it. The quote is attributed to Junior Murchison and it headed the section of a chapter on money in Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles.” Canfield is also one of the authors of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books and he explained how the manure quote related to the success of that series – as sales of the book and then the series exploded, they brought more people on to help with the growth and they paid their staff and contributors above the norm. Additionally, they set up a charitable wing and have given away millions to charities over the years. They spread the manure, and the seeds grew exponentially.
So that’s why I posted it.
And I also related to it because, although I did not grow up on a farm, I lived on the outskirts of town – in the last block before the farms started. And the smell of manure, while only seasonal, was always a reminder that the bounty would be coming soon.
I am sad to say that the farms are gone. A huge high school sits where one of the corn fields used to rest and housing developments fill the others. And even though the smell of manure no longer permeates the area, the aroma lingers in my mind.
I’m working on spreading the manure, and the bounty it is sure to bring. How about you?
*The original quote uses a common swear word for “heck.”
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