Cowboys and Politics

A South Dakota cowboy was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.

The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leans out the window and asks the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”

The cowboy looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, “Sure, Why not?”
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The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg , Germany .

Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image & nbsp; has been processed and the data stored.

He then accesses a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response.

Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” says the cowboy.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

Then the cowboy says to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, “Okay, why not?”

You’re a U.S. Congressman”, says the cowboy.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required.” answered the cowboy. “You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don’t even know a thing about cows…this is a herd of sheep.dog_hound.jpg

Now give me back my dog.

A Smile at a Stoplight – by Glenn Rawson

Not long ago, I leaned a lesson about judging other people, and the powerful effect of a smile.

aut_0466.JPGIt had been a long day. I’d been up since 2:30 A.M., and I was just rolling to a stop at the light next to a line of cars. I chanced to look at the car next to me, and looked right into the innocent face of a beautiful little girl about three or four years of age. To my surprise she smiled at me — a gorgeous wide toothy smile. It was so irresistible that I smiled back. And then, to my total amazement, she blew me a kiss!

Now you have to understand, I didn’t know this little girl, or her mother who was driving the car. And there I was driving an old beat up mustard yellow pickup that had long ago seen better days. My clothes were filthy; my hair was a mop; I had on dark sunglasses, and sat with one arm propped out the window with a sour expression on my face — and she blows me a kiss?

I was so startled I looked away. As the light changed and the cars began to move, I chanced one more peek at my new friend, and sure enough there she was still looking right at me, and in a kind of a shy little girl way, she was still smiling the same beautiful smile. Oh, she melted my heart.

I drove away from that stoplight with a different attitude. She changed my day entirely. She warmed my heart and cheered my soul.

You know, if I could only keep that day in my memory, and follow that little girls example, so that I would reframe from judging people by how they appear, and love them for what they are, and like her, so warmly let them know it.

Little girl, wherever you are, who ever you are, thanks again for brightening my day, and being my teacher.

This is from the book “In the Midst of Thee — volume 1” by Glenn Rawson.

UpLIfts For Life – Men’s Rules

UpLifts In Thought

Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself. — Robert Collier

There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential. –Rusty Berkus

In today’s environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it. –Joseph Badaracco

UpLifts In Spirit

Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? — William J. Bennett
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Something To Think About

THE GUYS’ RULES

At last a guy has taken the time to write this all down. Finally, the guys’ side of the story.

We always hear “the rules” From the female side
Now here are the rules from the male side.

These are our rules! Please note… these are all numbered “1” ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down.
You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport. And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a Problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you’re fat, you probably are. Don’t ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of them makes you sad or angry, then we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done.
Not both! If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus DID NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color . Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have NO idea what mauve is!!!

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. It is part of life.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” We will act like nothing’s wrong.
We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle, besides we know you will bring it up again later.

1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, Expect an answer you don’t want to hear.
1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine…Really.

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, what happened to the members of Led Zeppelin or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; but did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

Uplifts For Life
by: Gil Howe
Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

UpLifts – Have you been taken?

UpLifts In Thought (visit us at http://uplifts.us )

An understanding heart in everything is a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling. –Carl Jung

To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

It doesn’t take genius, it doesn’t take courage, it doesn’t take inspiration or revelation. All it takes is a specific technique that magically turns it from an irritating and destructive force, into a powerful ally and positive force into our life. – Steven K. Scott

UpLifts In Spirit
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UpLifts In Story
Taken

You know, I wonder how many of us have ever felt that we have ever been taken, or swindled or misused by someone else? If perchance you have felt that way, or maybe you feel that way right now, would you consider the following story?

Many years ago there was a young mother who received a knock one morning at her door. When she opened the door, she found a large frightened looking man asking her for money.

“We have no money,” she said.

Persistently though, he pressed his demands insisting that she give him some money. Finally, he said, “I’m hungry. I would like to get something to eat.”

“Well,” the woman said, “If that’s the case, then I can help you.”

So off to the kitchen she went, and soon she returned with a small sack lunch prepared from her meager food supply. The man looked displeased as she gave him the lunch, but he took it and he left. Now, from the doorway she watched the man go down the lane to the main road. But as soon as he crossed the property line, he took the lunch and threw it over the fence into the bushes. The woman was angered as you can imagine by the ingratitude and the waste.

Now, about a week later, this same mother was interrupted again by another knock at her door. Upon opening it she discovered a tall raw-boned teenager making essentially the same request, “We need help; we’re hungry. Could you please give us some food or money?”

Remembering the previous experience, she quickly responded, “No! I’m sorry. I’m busy. I — I can’t help you today.”

Without a word of protest, the young man turned away. She watched him walk out the gate. And it was then that she noticed a wagon and a team of horses parked out front. In the wagon were a father, mother, and several children. As the young man swung up into the wagon, he looked back at her with a sorrowful pained expression. Pierced by that look, she hesitated, but it was too late. The team had moved out and the wagon was already down the lane.

Perhaps it was with a hint of pain and regret that ever after that, that dear mother would tell that story to her children and would close with this moral, “Never fail to give that which you have to someone who’s in need.”

I conclude from that: To refuse to love anyone again because once your love was rejected, or to refuse to trust anyone again because once your trust was broken, or to refuse to give anything that you have to anyone again because once your giving was abused — is to refuse to live. Life is a risk. It always has been. It’s all about loving, trusting, and giving of ourselves. Take it away and what do we have left? Nothing? We wither and die like an un-watered plant.

Have a great week
Uplifts For Life
by: Gil Howe
Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

UpLifts – Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

UpLifts In Thought (visit us at http://uplifts.us )

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things. –William Golding

Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty — they merely move it from their faces into their hearts. — Martin Buxbaum

UpLifts In Spirit
Perfectionism

It is perfectly normal to derive satisfaction from
performing a task or skill at a high level. This
striving to achieve is innate in humans and probably
crucial to our long-term survival.

Unhealthy perfectionism occurs when we believe that
the social acceptance and approval of others will
only be forthcoming if we achieve unrealistically
high standards.

Perfectionists punish themselves excessively for
making mistakes rather than seeing mistakes as an
essential process to true learning.

The stress of perfectionism has been linked to higher
risk of suicide and depression, especially among high achievers.

Strive to be completely competent by all means but
realize that you will occasionally make a mistake and
that this is OK. Learn from the error, move on and
enjoy your success without the burden of unachievable standards.

UpLifts In Story
Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

In my occupation I often hear questions like these: “Why do bad things have to happen to good people?” “Why is life so unfair?” And the hardest of all these questions: “If God really loved us, how could He let this happen?”

Well, I don’t know all the answers, but maybe this story will lend some comfort.

Late one evening, years ago, my youngest daughter was toddling around in the kitchen. She was at that awkward stage where she was walking, but not all too steadily. I was upstairs getting ready for bed and my wife was somewhere in the house. All the children were in bed, except for Shaina.

Suddenly I heard a thump, and a terrible cry. I ran downstairs and found Shaina lying on the kitchen floor screaming. Evidently she had crawled up on a counter chair and fallen off face first onto the floor. When I scooped her up, her face was covered with blood. I ran for the bathroom, and in moments realized we were going to have to take her to the hospital.

Well, when we got there, the doctor examined the wound and told us that if it was not stitched back together, it would leave a horrible ugly scar. I remember that we put our tiny daughter on the table, but when the doctor began to operate on her, her whimpering cries turned into panicked screams once more. We had no choice. We had to strap her to the table and place her head in restraints. Still, that was not enough. She screamed and thrashed wildly. Finally the doctor looked at me, and told me that I was going to have to sit down and hold her head still.

I remember I sat down near her head, and put a hand on each side of her head, and forcefully held it still while the doctor gently and expertly stitched her lip back together. I will never forget her screams and her cries, but most of all, I will never forget those accusing eyes that stared up at me and seemed to say, “Daddy, how could you do this to me? Let me go!” It tore my heart to do that to her, but I did not let her go.

The doctor finished, and the wound healed with only a minor scar.

Shaina has been terrified of doctors and hospitals ever since. I’m not sure she’s even forgiven me for that night. From her perspective, all she could see was her father inflicting horrible pain and torment on her. But from my perspective, the pain was only a temporary thing, and very much worth the end result. Shaina may not see it now, but later when she matures and her perspective is changed, she’ll see it then. I daresay, given the same circumstances, she would even do the same for her children.

Once when the Lord’s people were suffering greatly from the trials and inequities of life, He said to them, “Be still and know that I am God.” And again, remember when the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, and it looked as though God had led them into the wilderness to die, Moses stood before them and declared, “Fear ye not, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” Exodus 14:12

Remember what the Lord said through Isaiah, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” Isaiah 55:8

My dear friends, especially those of you who are suffering, in spite of how much it may hurt now and make absolutely no sense, I promise you there will come a day if we are faithful when we will see, understand, and — agree.

Shared by Glenn Rawson and felt it fit this week – I wish you all peace in heart and mind through your trials.
Gil Howe
UpLifts For Life
http://uplifts.us

Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly. –Robert F. Kennedy

Where Are Our Great Presidents?

In the spirit of Presidents’ Day on Monday, may I quote a portion of President George Washington’s farewell address delivered September the 17th, 1796? He said:”Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with public and private felicity. Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect, that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

And again, on the 19th of November 1863, the words of Abraham Lincoln called the Gettysburg address, if you wouldn’t mind:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on his continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

“Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so noble advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

America’s King

In May of 1782, after the American Revolution was over, while America still struggled with her newfound independence, a letter was received by General Washington. The letter was written by one of Washington’s officers, Colonel Lewis Nicola. It outlined the grievances of the soldiers at being yet unpaid for their services, and being underfed along with other things, and it detailed a plan which involved the General that would rectify the situation and solve the woes of the nation if only Washington would lend his support.

Well upon reading the letter, Washington was indignant, even outraged, and he wrote an immediate response saying, “Be assured, sir, no occurrence in the course of the war has given me more painful sensations than your information of there being such ideas existing in the army as you have expressed, and I must view them with abhorrence and reprehend with severity … if I am not deceived in the knowledge of myself, you could not have found a person to whom your schemes are more disagreeable. Let me conjure you, then, if you have any regard for your country, concern for yourself or posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind and never communicate, as from yourself or anyone else, a sentiment of like nature.”

“I am, sir, George Washington,”

Since the first time I heard this story, I have stood in awe of the Father of our Country, because I believe his unwavering, even outraged response in this one instance changed the entire course of America’s future. You might ask, “What was it they were asking of him?” — To allow the military for the good of the country to install General Washington as ‘George the First’, the first king of America.