Thursday, January 7, 2010

Advice from An Old Farmer

Yeah, this is one of those emails that has been passed around for years...but is still worth reading:


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 stumps.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than any 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 somethin' that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You can't 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, instead judge them by the friends they keep.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer, but you can always have an opinion.

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 got 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..

Don't pick a fight with an old man.  If he is too old to fight,he'll just kill you.

Live simply ~ love generously ~ care deeply ~ speak kindly ~ leave the rest to God.

And remember: When you quit laughing, you quit living!


If I may add one from my own farming grandfather:
Education costs money!


And mine: 
Don't sleep with anyone whose problems are worse than your own.


  1. The one about having opinions and staying silent is something i should keep in mind!

  2. Priceless. It's like you're speaking right to me. I just know it. LOL

  3. words of wisdom - if more people paid attention to just 1/2 of those truism's - the world would be a far better place.