I realized that with the heavy situations we have all been facing the last several months that it has been a long time since I lightened things up a bit. Sometimes we can get so deep into the woods that we forget what the trees look like. In times like that taking a step back, a deep breath, and recalibrating is often a good idea.
One thing that being a fan of the cowboy lore and lifestyle provides is exposure to the simple wisdom that can easily be missed when we are working too hard trying to figure things out. Sometimes the answers we crave are right in front of us. While trailing a herd, working for days out alone, or sitting around the campfire, cowboys had time to pause, think and reflect. What sometimes resulted was simple truth and practical advice born out of not trying so hard to make sense of everything.
I’ll share some of these bits of wisdom this morning in the hope that your week can start off with a smile on your face, maybe a chuckle, and a simpler perspective on the days we are in and the situations we are facing. Disclaimer – Even if cowboys didn’t actually think all these up, they probably should have, so just pretend they did!
Collected Bits of Pieces of Cowboy Wisdom 1.
- Every trail has some puddles.
- Never miss a good chance to shut up.
- Most of the stuff people worry about never happens.
- Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
- Good judgement comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
- When you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on.
- You don’t learn much when everything goes right.
- Don’t worry about biting off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a lot bigger than you think.
- Letting a cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.
- You can’t keep trouble from visitin, but you don’t have to offer it a chair.
- A word to the wise is unnecessary.
- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
- There’s two theories about arguin with a woman. Neither one works.
- An old-timer is a man who’s had a lot of interesting experiences – some of them true.
Live this week on purpose,