"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Monday, April 1, 2019

Advice from An Old Farmer

(an abandoned old farmstead down the road from our home)

(I have had this in a collection of poems and verses I have found and collected over the years.........not sure who wrote it or where it originated from, or who to give credit to,  but
thought is was just great to share here)

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers 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 bothering 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 God.


Nancy J said...

love every line, and could not pick just one to say I liked it the best. But he was a farmer for sure, just the mention of a John Deere confirmed that /

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I do like this list of advice very much. Some of them hold bigger meaning to me than others. -Jenn

lil red hen said...

Lots of good advice! Being a farmer myself, I can relate to a lot of this. Thanks for sharing.

happyone said...

Excellent advice simply put.

Prims By The Water said...

OZh how I loved reading these. I was a farmer's daughter and most were reminders of what was said to me. Janice

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

What a collection of such great advice, Kathleen, and it's all so simple to follow. Thanks for sharing this one.

Granny Marigold said...

Very sensible and some made me smile. Thanks for sharing this.

Debra said...

This is great!

Henny Penny said...

I really enjoyed this. Some good advice!

Connie said...

Definitely good advice. Thanks for sharing it.

Faith said...

That about covers everything. Thank you for sharing this. Thank you for stopping over my place and leaving a comment, I sure do appreciate it. And the snow...did melt, took a few days...there are buds on the maple trees :)

Faith said...

ps...love the old farmhouse picture...simple and lovely

Sally said...

Very, very good advice! Each one special in their own way. Thank you for sharing this!


Hill Top Post said...

This was a wise old farmer, for sure! :~) All of these are going into my journal scribbles. If we all just lived by the last one, "Live Simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God," it would be a pretty good life, don't you think?

The Wykeham Observer said...

I like the one about drinking upstream from the herd. My interpretation is we should follow our own moral compass and not the crowd. A lot of good ones in here. I'm glad you have that neat old farmstead nearby. Phil

Sally said...

These are great!

I really like the photo of the old farmhouse; reminds me so much of when I go over home to W FL, so many there, new and old. The old ones always make me wish I could write about them, if I knew who lives there, or had. :)