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A Cowboy

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A Cowboy's Guide To Life,

by Texas Bix Bender

Don't squat with y'er spurs on.

Never kick a fresh cow choip on a hot day

There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.  Neither one works

Don't worry 'bout bitin' off more than you can chew.  You mouth is probably a whole lot bigger'n you think.

If you get thinkin' y'er a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Never ask a man the size of his spread.

After eating an entire bull, a lion felt so good he started roarin'.  He kept it up 'til a hunter came along and shot him.  The moral:  When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

If you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Never smack a man who's chewin' tobacco.

It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.

If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin it back.

Always take a good look at what you're about to eat.  It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

The quickest way to double your money is to fold it back over and put it back in your pocket.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Everyone chooses something to provide personal guidance in life – it is a conscious or an unconscious decision that we all make.  I remember once, being lost in the woods and consulting the compass.  My instincts were so strong to go in a particular direction and yet the compass pointed to the opposite direction.  I had a choice to make – what was I going to trust?

Then I started wondering if the magnetic integrity of the compass had been compromised.  In the final analysis, I trusted the compass and it truly brought me out of the woods.

What is your source of direction today?  What are you trusting in?


"Watch me dive off the high board, Dad," my ten-year-old son called out.  I looked up to the ten-foot high diving board and  waited as he stood at the edge, stooped over, arms extended. He had jumped off the high board many times before, but now his nerve seemed to falter as he contemplated streaking through the air head first.

The swimming pool was vacated, so he could take his time.  "You can do it, Robby," I encouraged.  But he couldn't.  Not that evening.  For 20 minutes he attempted to muster the courage to take the plunge, and he finally gave up when the pool closed for the night.

"I feel disappointed in myself," Robby said on the way home.

"I feel terrible.  I know I can do it, though.  I KNOW I can."

He persuaded me to take him swimming again the next evening.  Like the night before, we happened to be the only swimmers.  "I'm going to do it this time," he said emphatically.

"Watch me!"

He climbed the ladder and walked to the end of the board as I watched.  Again I encouraged him.  Again he hesitated.  Like the previous night, his nerve failed.  It seemed that he would never conquer his fear and leap.

The lifeguards on duty helped me cheer him on.  "You can DO it, Robby," we all exhorted.  "Just do it!  Don't think about it.  Just do it!"

For 30 minutes we encouraged him.  For 30 minutes he started and stopped, he leaned and straightened and fought the fear that held him back.

And then it happened.

He extended his arms, bent over the edge and fell head-first into the water!  He emerged to the sounds of laughter and congratulations.  He DID it!  He finally DID IT!  And before he went home, he did it three more times.

Robby learned something about facing his fear that evening.  But he learned something else, too.  He learned that some things can't be done with less than full commitment.  A chasm cannot be leaped in two small jumps and a dive cannot be made a little at a time.  Sometimes you just have to DO IT.

Some things require no less than full commitment.  What is requiring your full commitment?  Will you take the plunge?

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