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YOUR STAND

We find ourselves living in a challenging world filled with uncertainty. Our lives have been disrupted and the future is unknown. People are voicing their opinions on why we are in this situation and what must be done to move forward. The anger and hate that exists is heartbreaking. I often find myself pondering, “What can I do?” As a wife, mother and grandmother living in small town rural America, “What can I do?” For some time now I have written about cowboys, and what we can learn from them. I have come to the realization that in my lifetime there is no time more important than right now, to get very serious about defining my personal values and establishing...

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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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