Kaci Major, the Burleson FFA’s student president from 2012-13, delivers her farewell address Wednesday to the Texas FFA. (Burleson Star/BRIAN PORTER)
BRIAN PORTER of BURELSON STAR reports-
FORT WORTH – Kaci Major shared with the Texas FFA what students in the Burleson ISD already know. Kindness Matters.
“Give to others. No matter how much you dislike your own life, someone always has it worse,” Major said. “That one thing you do for someone might be what allows them to start their journey.”
The 2013 graduate of Burleson High School and past president of the Burleson FFA delivered her state officer address to about 9,000 delegates and guests Wednesday, asking them to consider the difference acts of kindness can make.
She moved from her childhood home at the age of 14, entering Burleson High School and joining the FFA.
“What did I have that the FFA needed?” Major asked. “More importantly, what did the FFA have that I needed? I began to realize all the things I could do in FFA.”
Last year, she became the first BHS student to ever be selected as a state officer.
She realized that the FFA chapter was her opportunity to show kindness to others. It became apparent when her agriculture science teacher invited her on a shopping trip to look over Airstream trailers.
“I was completely impressed with the craftsmanship of the Airstream and its completely out of the box look,” Major said. “There was one problem. I had never been inside an Airstream, ever. As I opened the door, my heart stopped. It was everything I imagined, and more.”
It is just one of the important dates in her life. She shared some others FFA members should recall:
•In 1928, the FFA was established in Kansas City, Missouri.
•In 1933, the FFA adopted the blue corduroy jacket as official dress.
•In 1969, the FFA opened its membership to females.
“I have lived by three simple rules,” Major said. “Always accept kindness. Sometimes it will be the only thing that will allow you to turn turn a bad day into a great day. Focus on today, because if you spend too much time worrying about tomorrow, you might miss out on all those opportunities that today has gifted to you.”
And through FFA, Major said she found evidence for the third rule.
“There is a special place for everyone,” she said. “You just can’t be afraid to take the journey to get there. If someone is kind to you, don’t blow them off. Take it to heart. Don’t go a lifetime not knowing how others feel about you.”
She encouraged fellow FFA members not to be so focused on the future that the present is missed.
“Focus on today. What comes tomorrow will be there when you get there. Tomorrow can wait,” Major said. “Take a deep breath, a step back and realize all that’s truly important is what’s in front of you now.”
Above all, she stressed finding little ways to share kindness.
“If we make the effort to give to others, we can make not just one person’s life better, we can make more,” Major said. “We must give to others. If we do that, we can make someone’s life that much better than it was before. If there’s someone behind you in line at Starbucks, go ahead and buy their coffee. Always give to others.”
And through it will come many experiences, she said.
“You’ll never know the memories you’ll make,” Major said. “I found that I could be kind to someone else through the FFA. And always accept kindness. One day you’ll be glad that you did.” READ STORY