Farmers have a knack for speaking the truth in straight-forward terms. Having been married now to a farmer/rancher for close to 40 years, I can relate to each of the following nuggets of simple truth. I wish politicians and liberals could have such a basic outlook on life. Too many of them seem to muddy the waters with all kinds of suppositions, hoping to impose their point of view on others. Right now, as things grow tough for everyone, BUT especially for ranchers/farmers as regulations and controls tighten around their necks, this list is a refreshing look at life.
An Old Farmer’s Advice:
* Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers 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.
* Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
* 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.
* Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
* Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older, you’ll think back, ….