Every year, Roman and I take Sophia to the rodeo. It’s our summer tradition.
It’s loud, smelly (which we strangely like), scary, funny. It’s a simple family outing that packs a punch.
For me, the rodeo is a bit different. It’s a time for reflection. I swear, I find the oddest places to “connect” with my inner self. Nevertheless, there is something to be said about being face-to-face with a bull, standing meekly ‘neath the brow of the beast, I suppose. I’m nearly hypnotized by its fierceness, determination.
In the moment, I’m reminded of who I am and what I’m capable of.
I found this writing below and have kept it, shared it and returned to it several times. I took the picture of the cowboy on this page, and I think it marries so well to the sentiment of this writing, and to my point of self reflection, staying grounded, remembering what’s really important.
And it was a bonus that his collar was popped...like a boss.
Cheers to the beast! ...and to this old man...
Advice from A Wise Old Man
-Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
-Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
-Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
-A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
-Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
-Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
-Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
-It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
-You cannot unsay a cruel word.
-Every path has a few puddles.
-When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
-The best sermons are lived, not preached.
-Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
-Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
-Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
-Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
-Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
-If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
-Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
-The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
-Always drink upstream from the herd.
-Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
-If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around..
-Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
-Most times, it comes down to common sense.