Do it anyway

I’m heading to the ranch on Thursdays again. I leave early. I get home late. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s usually alot of work.

And it’s wonderful.

On a recent Thursday, Morgan asked me to clean the East side of the North Murphy. The creek was low so the cattle in there were going to run out of water soon. Getting cattle off of the creek is a huge pain. They don’t want to leave the thick brush because of the shade and I’ve already mentioned that it’s their only water source. Plus, I was alone. But, there’s good news…

Morgan had already cleaned it once.

All of the Brangus heifers had already been moved. Morgan rotated them into different pastures and was pretty sure that the only thing left were some old roping calves. Now some roping calves freshen back up really quick and they don’t “herd up” like most cattle do. They slick off, get fat, fast and they scatter – Except for these roping calves.

These calves were Holsteins. All I had to do was gather 3 used up Holstein calves and call it a day.

I loaded up Big Moon (a really nice 3-year-old palomino stud) and headed that way. For the most part, it went exactly like I’d planned. They were a little sticky along the creek brush, but once we’d gotten them out of there, they drove easy enough to the trap.

We usually haul the portable corral when we work cattle in this particular pasture, so I didn’t have any pens to work with. I had a small trap. The plan was to drive them into the trap and then back the trailer up to the gate. After that, we’d drive them right back out of the same gate they had just gone through – except now there’d be a trailer parked there.

It’s kind of like Tiger Woods playing a par three at the Refugio Golf Course. It’s still golf, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. Well, this was still cow work, but on more of a par three level 😉

So, Big Moon and I sent ’em toward the trailer. After only a couple of tense moments keeping them together, they loaded right up. It worked perfectly. And no one was there to see it.

Had I just won the NFR? Nope. It was a pretty simple job to begin with. However, if Tiger hit a hole-in-one on a par three in Refugio, it’d still be something to be proud of. You can bet he’s not going to change his game, or the club he uses, just because it’s an easy hole… on an easy course… in the middle of nowhere with nobody watching. He’s still going to bring his A-game.

Big Moon was ALOT of horse for that little Holstein gathering operation, but I felt at the time that he was the right horse. No one was there to check my work, but the job still had to get done.

We may have an audience, no audience, or an audience we don’t know about. It may be a hard job, easy job, fulfilling job, a complete waste of time, or simply a job we DO NOT want to do.

Regardless of the job or the circumstance – Catch your best horse, grab your best club… and do it anyway.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

~ Mother Teresa


2 thoughts on “Do it anyway

  1. Powerful message. Thank you for sharing. I had a day like that today, not with some ornery roping calves but with three confused individuals in a nursing home. With the help of the Holy Spirit I was able to herd (direct) them into the corral of God’s love. As the song by Josh Turner says it was just “Me and God” and those He led me to. God Bless Sent from my iPhone

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