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  DR. LOWELL CATLETT BELIEVES THAT IT MATTERS
 
By: Hannah Sharkey, Bland FFA
July 18, 2014

 
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Dr. Lowell Catlett spoke to thousands of Texas FFA members and guests, during the second general session of the Texas FFA Convention in Fort Worth, regarding what he believes matters in life. 

Catlett grew up on a ranch in the Panhandle of Texas, where he was a member of the Area II FFA Association. When he was younger, he wasn’t exactly sure how to tell his father that he didn’t want to pursue a career in ranching. While explaining to his father his situation, Catlett was given an important piece of advice. He was told, “Then Lowell, what you need to do is find something that you love to do.” He then attended college and discovered that he loved economics.

In his speech, Catlett helps us to understand a lot of global issues. Many of them included world hunger, rising gasoline prices and medical advances. Most importantly, he spoke of the humanistic psychology pyramid. He explained that when starting from the bottom it consists of basic human needs, safety, love, confidence and lastly inner potential. He addressed how over time, we now have completed all stages of the pyramid, mainly because of the help from agriculture to insure that every man, woman and child are provided food each day. 

Catlett also discussed how the technology industry has improved. He spoke of a 3-year-old boy that was born without a vocal box, he revealed that the young boy now has a voice of his own, all because of enhancements from the medical and technology field. 

Catlett’s speech not only showed us how well our world has come together and how well it can be in the future, but it also showed members and guests a bigger picture. As Catlett described to the audience about a Men’s Journal Magazine cover, showing men who want to be strong. However, in the corner he had noticed a certain question which stated, “Forget your heart, how many friends do you have?”

“They found out what was far more important to your heart health.” Catlett said.  “It’s not how many miles you’ve ran, but how many people you could count as friends.” 

Catlett finished his speech with a few words that may be simple, but remarkable. 

“People matter, coming to the State Convention matters, talking to people, being in a contest, being a part of something, it matters.”

 












 
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