I took this photo over the Tennessee River in Knoxville yesterday morning. It’s all about perspective.
Standing here, soaking up a crisp Fall morning, and drinking up my coffee, it all looks pretty peaceful. Then I remember I’m in the middle of a very busy city. You wouldn’t know it from this scene depicted, but I was standing on a pedestrian bridge of a very busy interstate with morning traffic buzzing behind me. The ground shakes with every truck that passes by.
I’m telling ya, life is all about perspective. Either you take it by the reins and make the most of what you’re given, or you can be negative about everything and look for the worst in things and people. Each person’s choice to make.
By the way, be sure to stop by the NCBA Young Producers’ Council blog. This page features a large number of young cattle producers from across the country and their views on the status and future of the cattle business.
Lauren Chase (@LaurenMSea), one of the site’s editors, chatted with me a bit earlier this week and has posted a Q&A profile with me. Hopefully you can learn a little more about who I am and a bit of how I work my way through the social media world.
Have you read Cowboy Ethics - a book focused on showing the financial world how far they have moved away from the values and principles that some of this country’s greatest heroes lived for? I originally bought the book because I was intrigued by the photography of the American West, but as soon as I opened the book I began reading, and an hour later I finished the book.
It really made me take into consideration the Code of the West that the author presents. True, some of the legendaryness (that may not be a real word, but it sure fits this spot) of the American Cowboy may be stretched or idolized, but the true message of the story comes through loud and clear. The message may be aimed toward the financial leaders of the country, but the story is for all Americans to read and to take into account.
The Code of the West that the author implies is as follows:
Live Each Day with Courage
Take Pride in Your Work
Always Finish What You Start
Do What Has to be Done
Be Tough, But Fair
When You Make a Promise, Keep It
Ride for the Brand
Talk Less and Say More
Remember That Some Things Aren’t for Sale
Know Where to Draw the Line
These may sound like a fantasized lyric from some ole worn out country song, but after reading through the story from the author I got to thinking about where my priorities are set and how I treat myself and those around me. So I strongly recommend this book by author James P. Owen as a good read for those interested in an encouraging read, and not to mention the awe-stirring photos of the American Western Rancher from David R. Stoecklein. I would even consider this as a great gift for those you feel the need to share the message with.
Do you have any Cowboy Ethics that would apply well to the world today?
“The stockman whose training has been solely in the school of experience often holds in light regard that which is written concerning his vocation. Let him remember the facts and truths are the same whether the repository is a book or the human mind. Held by the latter, all perish with the possessor; in keeping of the former, the whole world may be benefited.”
“On the other hand, novices usually underestimate the importance of experience, often thinking that by reading they can acquire the knowledge necessary in the prosecution of their business. That stock feeding is an an art and not a science, and that experience and judgement must rule in its successful conduct, is recognized in our books.”
“The eye of the master fattens his cattle.”
–W.A. Henry, 1898
Found this in one of my cattle nutrition books. Thought it was well worth the share. Hopefully it’ll give you something to ruminate on.
If you have to ask why I’m reading books from the early 1900s on livestock nutrition… Well, it’s an #AgNerd thing. You wouldn’t understand! Haha… Have a great weekend!
I realized yesterday that it might be important to capture a ‘working’ photo of myself, to prove that I actually do work with cows, give guest lectures, and enjoy doing ranch work. Only, there’s a problem – I’m always the one behind the camera. That, or working by myself. It’s not that I just want to show off what I do, but these might be important when it comes to publishing some print material or more professional appearances. I mean, sure I can show ya tons of photos of my cattle, horses, and the places I’ve been, but not very many to show me actually working.
I do have a few shots, but they’re not very printable.
Like this one with a foal back in undergrad. This incident was fun finding triplets, but not a very good photo.
This photo made sure to get my good side while tagging a calf.