David who lives in Nebraska, USA comes from a long lineage of farmers. The land they used had belonged to his ancestors. However, an unfortunate decision willed all eighty acres of their family farm in Nebraska to a distant relative who didn’t have the family’s best interests at heart.
What they had spent years building as a family legacy was all gone. All through his life, David dreamed of how he could possibly get back his family’s land and rebuild their business.
A couple of years after losing the family land, it suddenly appeared on auction. David and his father decided they would do everything in their power to get back their land, but they knew it would need an extraordinarily large sum of money.
“Even though I dreamt of getting the land back for as long as I could remember, when the day came, I wasn’t ready.”
The father-son pair spent many days and sleepless nights trying to come up with what was needed to get their land back.
When the day of the auction finally came, their hearts sank when they saw nearly 200 farmers were gathered at the auction. Most of the farmers had bigger lands and more resources, hence they could easily outbid them.
David and his dad felt their chances of getting back their family land slowly vanish. When the auctioneer announced their land, they immediately placed their bid and held their breath.
The auctioneer acknowledged their bid and called for a second one. David and his father anxiously waited to see who would bid next, but suddenly, the room went completely silent.
David and his dad were stunned. They didn’t understand what was happening. The auctioneer tried calling for another bid, still nothing!
After many attempts to solicit another bid and only got silence, he called for a break. They reconvened, three times, and each time, no farmer placed any bid!
With no other option, the auctioneer stroke his gavel and David and his family had their land back.
When asked what he thought had happened in the Auction House that night, David had one simple response, “Respect.”
It felt like a miracle that so many people who were practically strangers to David understood just how much the land meant to David and his family, and in unison, they all chose to do the right thing.
Now, David still remembers that auction that took place in 2011 as if it were just yesterday. “I’ve had two profoundly humbling days in my life. The first was the day my son was born. The second was that unforgettable day at the Auction House,” he said.
We salute all those noble-hearted farmers who chose to put aside their business prospects and do the right thing!