I subscribe to a monthly magazine that is published in Bismarck , ND….the "Dakota Beacon". I enjoy the magazine which contains a lot of political and cultural articles. Especially enjoyable is the column by Clay Jenkinson who is an historical expert on Thomas Jefferson. Jenkinson’s monthly column is titled "Becoming Jefferson’s People".
But the one I blog from today was one page of "wisdom" from the proverbial "Old Farmer". The Old Farmer has been around the field a few times and knows whereof he speaks.
* "Meanness don’t just happen overnight." * "It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge." * "When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty" *Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got" * "If you think you’re a person of some influence, try ordering around another man’s dog" * "Don’t judge folks by their relatives" * "You cannot unsay a cruel word" * "Keep skunks and bankers at a distance" * "Do not corner something you know is meaner than you" *The biggest troublemaker you ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning." *Live a good, honorable life; then when you look back , you can enjoy it a second time" * "Lettin’ the cat out of the bag is a lot easier than tryin’ to put it back in again" *Remember that silence is often the best answer" * Speak kindly; leave the rest to God" *"Don’t pick a fight with an old man; if he is too old to fight, he may just kill you" * Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply."
I really enjoyed that Old Farmer’s advice. Living on a farm of our own for so many years makes me think that Old Farmer is about right 100 percent!
I forgot one of his wisest pieces of advice: "Never drink upstream from the herd"