Sunday, January 18, 2009

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 and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

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

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever
have to deal with, watches
you from the mirror every mornin'.

* Always drink upstream from the herd.

* Good judgment comes from experience, and a
lotta that comes from bad judgment.

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

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some
Influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.

Speak kindly. Leave the rest to providence.


  1. If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some
    Influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

    My favourite of all. :)
    Nice one WWW.

  2. All good stuff, WWW! :-D Some of them remind me a lot of rural Texas thinkin'.

    Okay - I'm off to plow around the stump then..... :-)

  3. Jewels of wisdom all of them. I particularly like "Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads." Very true, in my experience they're completely thrown sideways.

    True also about silence sometimes being the best answer. As the old Buddhist saying goes "He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know."

  4. Great commonsense here. To which I would add Winston Churchill's advice: If you're going through hell, keep going.

  5. The old homespun wisdom is always the best. Unfortunately, politicians forget it all, just as soon as they're elected.

  6. Oh fantastic :-) Going to have to remember those!

  7. I wonder if wisdom like that will stick in my head or if I'm to stubborn to remember it? Well, I do have some common sense, I just don't know if it goes as deep as that. Plowing around a stump I know about. I do that all the time.


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