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Big Al's View Of The World


I wish there was some way I could talk about all of the goings on in the world today. I wish I could just snap my fingers and everything would be ok.

Unfortunately human nature will not allow that to happen. Human nature evolves over time and right now in the world there is a lot of hate going on.

I wish I could say it was just a West Coast/East Coast thing, but it’s not. Even the little town I live in has haters. Human nature. I hate many things. My mom made me eat Brussels sprouts when I was a kid. I still hate them. I hate Lima beans, navy beans and boiled okra and squash. I don’t picket the farmer’s market every Saturday but I still will not eat those vegetables.

I don’t like calf ropings that score the cattle out and rope fresh type cattle but you don’t see me driving to San Angelo or Cheyenne and protesting their events. I get my satisfaction in knowing the NFR is run the way I like to watch it. I have too much respect for the sport and also the fact that I’m a grown adult and I can go where I want to go. If I don’t like something I’m just not going to go watch it or compete in it. That’s life! You’re going to have things come up in your life that you might not like or agree with. How you respond to those are what sets you apart from other people. You can bring your hate outwards and push your agenda onto others around you or you can just not eat Lima beans.

I get through life by having ME time. I love to go eat breakfast early in the morning at my favorite little bakery in town. I sit by the window and think about my day ahead and watch the world go by outside the window. Everyone knows a good breakfast makes the day better. I also read somewhere that a quiet thoughtful breakfast makes it even better.

I’ve heard of people that meditate in the mornings. Some people do yoga. I like eating and I hate exercise so I’m just going to go sit by my window and think over two eggs fried hard, bacon and one biscuit with gravy. In the winter I’ll have coffee with sugar only. In the summer I’ll have one Dr. Pepper over ice. I’m pretty easy to please even if my wife doesn’t think so.
Every now and then I’ll be sitting there enjoying my quiet little morning and a mom and kids will come in. Three little yuppy kids running around will pretty much ruin your breakfast quick. When this happens I try to think in her shoes. She has probably been chasing these kids each morning for months and today she is going to take them for a donut. This is her morning meditation. I don’t hate her for bringing her little hoodlums into my morning. I wish she could take them to McDonald’s instead but I understand her thinking because what she is trying to do is the exact same thing I’m doing there.

We are both after the same thing, just different methods of achieving it. I bet if we sat at adjoining tables one morning we might even find common ground in our conversation.

I’m going to leave with the words I started my July article with. This was a quote from Abraham Lincoln about the Civil War. He is saying we should learn from the incidents of the Civil War for the wisdom to be learned not for the wrongs to be avenged or the wounds to be opened now. Pretty powerful words written almost 150 years ago that many people today seem to have forgotten along the way.

“Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us therefore study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged.”

Eating my way to Zen,

Big Al


September 2017 Cowboy Sports News Magazine

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