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OPTIMISM AND GRATITUDE

  Optimism and gratitude are two words we don’t hear often in this time of chaos and uncertainty. Our ‘normal lives’ have been disrupted. We are under a constant barrage of negativity from the media. When faced with the unknown or potential threats, it is natural to experience negative emotions. Even though I have been optimistic my entire life (I have actually been told I am annoyingly optimistic!) I have recently found myself struggling with thoughts of fear, anger, discouragement, frustration and impatience. The cowboy reminds us that optimism is not just expecting everything to turn out for the best, but to take things as they come with a positive outlook and the confidence that we can handle whatever happens....

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STAY CALM AND COWBOY ON

With the spread of the Coronavirus we are being inundated with news updates, states declaring a state of emergency, a run on grocery stores leaving bare shelves, and the cancelling of public events. Many people are riddled with fear, anxiety and worry. They have found themselves unprepared and in a state of panic.  A great lesson we can learn from the cowboy is, always be prepared. Not only with food, water, and the necessities to take care of your family, but also knowing how to remain calm in a state of emergency. Three words I will always remember my dad reminding us to practice are cool, calm and collected. I remember many times dad being called to help a friend...

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MAKE AN IMPACT ON THE WORLD

The cowboy culture of the American west continues to have an impact on our current culture. Cowboy hats, boots, poetry, literature, music, and dance. The distinctive clothing, the exciting stories of the wild west, the unique music and western dance are visible reminders of the cowboy. The Code of the West based on fair play, respect, loyalty and pride is still with us today as well, though not obviously visible. In a blessing my son gave at our family’s Christmas dinner, he reminded us to ‘Make an impact on the world, and don’t let the world impact us.’ This is a powerful statement. We live in a fast paced, everchanging world. We witness horrific events, corruption and immoral behavior. By...

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KNOW WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE

Cowboys driving cattle across the open range had no boundaries or fences. However, there were unwritten boundaries where a shared set of standards of right and wrong were honored. The cowboy had his own personal stand and was proud of what he stood for. He valued himself and knew where to draw the line. Every day we hear of political corruption, inappropriate behavior and unethical dealings. We may not be able to change this, but we can make sure we are clear on our personal stand. Have you taken some time to define what you stand for? What are your rock bottom beliefs that stand beyond which you won’t be pushed? Your stand is the expression of your character, which...

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REMEMBER SOME THINGS ARE NOT FOR SALE

 I have read a few interpretations of this Code of the West that imply to the ‘some things not being for sale’, as material objects. True, the few possessions the cowboy owned were of great value to him such as his horse and his saddle. Yet the great lesson we can learn from the cowboy, is that the best things in life are not things. It is the tranquil freedom of riding the open range, being a part of the morning sunrise, the feel of a good horse between his legs and the satisfaction of doing what he loves. We have all heard the old saying, “There are some things money can’t buy.” As a child I was often reminded...

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