Might as well get used to it. Colorado is cattle country! And with that.. comes the “Cowboy Way” of doing things. But don’t take the term as being negative. It’s actually more a statement to be proud of. Like not wasting time, putting in a hard days work, respecting the law, being polite and friendy to strangers, performing a task right the first time, and never, ever going to bed with your spurs on
Below are some thoughts from the cowboys of yesteryear, excerpts are from the Oct 07 issue of Cowboys and Indians. Pass em along if you feel so inspired…and Happy Trails to you!
Hopalong Cassidy: “The highest badge of honor a person can wear is Honesty.” “Be mindful at all times.” “If you want respect, respect others.”
Wild Bill Hickock: “Be kind to animals.” “Be polite and courteous.” “Be brave, but not careless.”
Gene Autry: “Never shoot first, hit a smaller man or take unfair advantage.” “Help those in distress.” “Do not advocate or possess racially or religiously intolerant ideas.”
The Lone Ranger: “To have a friend a man must be one.” “All men are created equal and everyone has~ within himself~the power to make this a better world.” “God put the firewood there, but it is up to man to gather and light it.” “Sooner or later, somewhere..somehow..we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.”
And the Roy Rogers Prayer:
Lord, I reckon I’m not much just by myself, I fail to do a lot of things I ought to do.
But Lord, when trails are steep and passes high, Help me ride it straight the whole way through.
And when in the falling dusk I get that final call, I do not care how many flowers they send,
Above all else, the happiest trail would be For you to say to me
“Let’s Ride, My Friend.” ~~Amen.