Early in the bull riding Crusade of my son, Ryan, he made the comment, “Dad, it’s really pretty simple. You just stay in the middle of ’em and ride ’em jump for jump.”
At the time, we were sitting in a Truck Stop across the Interstate from the Horse Palace, where Ryan was waiting for his turn to ride. I was sipping on my coffee and Ryan was stirring his hot chocolate.
The cafe was noisy from the farmer and trucker banter, and distractions were constant because of the shenanigans from the waitresses and busboys. I didn’t hear exactly what Ryan had said. So, I asked him to repeat it.
“Dad, you stay in the middle of ’em and ride ’em jump for jump.”
Yep, from the mouths of babes, or in this case a high school student at the time, comes the secret to life.
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Stay in the middle and ride them jump for jump.
The Stuff of Fairy Tales
Well, I did it again.
After listening to the fears, concerns, and apprehensions of a woman whining about the dangers before her, I rode in on my white horse – with sword in hand – and stuck that fire-breathing beast. He tipped right over into a heap of problem solved.
And, then, oh, wow! — the ship hit the sand.
Come to find out, that was her Pet Dragon.
Once upon a time…
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Through the years, I’ve given lots of free advice. I’m beginning to realize that’s been a very bad character trait.
» Advice — the wise don’t need it and the fools won’t heed it.
» Free — the perception of something worth nothing.
So, this week, when I said “No, thanks,” to an opportunity of continuing in my tradition of offering free advice, the response was enlightening. Well, I was enlightened. The person making the request was shocked. They were shocked that I would, could, should, and did say, “No.”
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