Thursday, November 05, 2015

Old Farmers' Wisdom

My old (by the which I mean, matured like a fine wine) high school friend Linda recently posted these elements of old farmers' wisdom on her Facebook page. I think they're worth repeating, even if you've heard some of them before:

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. (Politicians, too)

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. (I'm carrying a pretty big grudge, as you know if you read my zodiac post, so I guess I'm failing on this one)

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. (A point lost on many hyper-religious types)

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.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you. (Heaven knows I've thought about it)

Most times, it just gets down to common sense. (Except in Congress)

Have a good day. And if you criticize farmers, don't do it with your mouth full.

More thoughts tomorrow.



eViL pOp TaRt said...

I like those. They're sayings worth savoring.

Mariette said...

Those are so fitting, definitely wisdom.

Mike said...

Life 'IS' simpler when you plow around the stump.