Life Lessons to Get You Though the Week

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This week, after dealing with an extreme amount of stress, nonsense and tomfoolery, I was just about at my wits end. In a tack of old papers, at the base of the pile, was this list of an old farmer’s advice. Some are so clearly stated, you cannot help but smile.


  1. Your fence needs to be horse-high, pig tight and bull-strong.
  2. Keep skunks, bankers and lawyers at a distance.
  3. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  4. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  5. Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
  6. Meaness don’t jus’ happen overnight.
  7. Forgive our enemies, it messes with their heads.
  8. Don’t corner something that is meaner than you.
  9. It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  10. You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  11. Every path has a few puddles.
  12. When you wallow with pigs, you are going to get dirty.
  13. The best sermons are lived, not preached
  14. Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen.
  15. Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  16. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  17. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  18. Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.
  19. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  20. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
  21. Sometimes you get and sometimes you get got.
  22. The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every morning.
  23. Always drink upstream from the herd.
  24. Good judgment comes from experience.
  25. Letting the cat outta the bag is a lot easier than putting it back in.
  26. If you get to thinking you are a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
  27. Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.