A Barnyard Management Insight
Barnyard Management is a series of inciteful reminders written by Ken Farmer. Ken is a retired Fire Chief and close friend. Please take a moment to read his latest musing. The stop to reflect on the words and how they may apply to your own situation.
Once again, I am showing my age! In 1966, Joni Mitchell released a song called “Both Sides Now”. It later won a Grammy for best arrangement and instruments and vocals. It was later recorded by Anne Murray and Neil Diamond with success.
In the song, she sings about looking at love from both sides now and from the give-and-take. She concludes with that somehow, she really does not know love at all!
I guess that’s still true for some of us. But many of you have now found that one true love and clearly understands and embraces the both sides.
Like many of us during the recent pandemic times, I ended up watching some TV shows that I would not normally watch. One was the story about the rise of country star Garth Brooks. Garth was born in Tulsa, OK, and was a graduate of Oklahoma State University. That is the part of this story that I will come back to in a little bit.
Garth has become one of the biggest county acts ever with his career. He recorded nine albums that achieved diamond status. He beat the Beatles who held the record at six. His career is amazing when you consider it all. He has won two Grammy Awards, 17 American Music Awards and the best-selling solo album. He did something very unusual for a musician and retired from performing between 2001 and 2005. In 2014 he staged a comeback world tour. He has since released several albums.
According to the records, he has sold 170 million records. As of 2020, he is the best-selling solo artist and is ahead of Elvis and second to the Beatles.
I could go on about his history and his fans. He is an amazing performer and loved by his fans here in the US.
He has become more thoughtful and contemplative in recent years. In the show I happened to catch, he was sitting in a cabin on his farm and talking about his father and two brothers. In this scene, he held his hands out and turned them slowly as he described his father’s advice about life.
He had told Garth to always look at both sides of any situation before making a final decision to be for or against something. He said that everything is a blessing, and everything is a curse. That’s some deep advice, in my opinion. What may look like gold today can turn to brass tomorrow. Everything has many impacts. Being the richest person in the world comes with a set of advantages and disadvantages. Don’t ever assume that everything will be perfect in the future. What may look like a golden chance may destroy your life. Like you, I can tell hundreds of stories that fit this scenario.
His Dad’s good advice was that there was always another side to each issue in life. Some were good, and some were bad. It was always your choice to ponder the issue and decide what was right from your perspective, morals, and beliefs in your life.
This perspective struck me for many reasons. In each of our experiences we have had to decide on many matters in many situations. Sometimes you must make the decision quickly and sometimes without all the information. One key thing we can all learn from this story is to always take the time and make the effort to find out all the information and facts you can before deciding. There is a need to not extend your time to plan, and you may be forced to decide before you are ready.
In the year 2020 about the only thing you can count on is that what you know now will change in a few minutes or days. Nothing seems certain and what you were told one day will change dramatically the next day. So, what is right and wrong today may become wrong and right overnight!
I would just simply follow Garth’s Dad’s advice and ask you to consider both sides of a discussion or argument. Ask more questions; look for more accurate information; wait a few days until you can discover all the facts and then make a decision that is best for everyone. Always try to consider both sides now.
And the rest of this story deals with Garth and his connection to the fire and rescue service. From what I have observed about him, he is a deeply concerned person and has not gotten above his raising. An old friend of mine works at the International Fire Service Training Association which is housed at OSU.
He met Garth when he was a fellow bouncer in a local club in Stillwater. To this day, Garth and his wife will stop and talk with him and his family when they run into each other in Stillwater just like they were both still in college. This tells me a lot about him and his lifestyle.
Next time you have a chance, put on some Garth Brooks music and appreciate his view of life! You will learn something! He is someone who still lives in the barnyard!
Stay Safe, October 2020
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Good day my fellow travelers.
Am I too naïve to believe that these attributes are necessary for human peace and growth or too jaded to think that they are gone forever?
Do unto others as you would have done unto you
Respect for the rule of law
Respect for human life
Respect for heritage and culture
A man’s/woman’s word is his/her bond
Government of the people, by the people, and for the people
You make that face again and it will stay that way
Sitting with the family (not the TV) at the dinner table
Night time prayers
Journalists who report the news without bias or color
Yes Ma’am, Yes Sir, No Ma’am, No Sir
May I (usually followed by Please)
Gratitude for breath, life, love, friends
The American work ethic: Work hard, persevere, be creative
Research and thinking for yourself
Swing sets and Teeter-Totters
Holding the door for the next person
Saying “Good Morning” to the stranger on the street
Comedy without racism, vulgarity or stereotyping
Listening with intent to understand
Creating space where everyone is valued
So, what do you think? What brings peace to your life? Can we get back to respect, honor and self-confidence?
A plan without action is but a pipe dream
Good journey my fellow travelers!
I hope this blog finds you well and happy.
And, welcome to this blog. We are dedicated to providing information, camaraderie, and inspiration. This site is open to making all who join us feel safe as we explore our shared adventures, hobbies, concerns and what makes us happy.
As the name implies, we are all on this trip around the sun together. Yeah, like we have a choice? Even the folks up in the ISS are enjoying the trip.
You may discuss, train, inform, gripe, announce, pronounce, denounce, alliterate, ruminate, collaborate or simply communicate anything that comes to mind. I only ask that there be:
- Mutual respect
- NO SHOUTING!
- No profanity
- All our opinions matter. Discuss them with intelligence not emotion.
And, if you have something negative to say about someone…Do not use their name or place of work! How would you like to be embarrassed that way?
In short, we are here to escape the negative vagaries of our real world. We are here to inform and support each other as we move through time and space.
So, let us get going….
Even the longest journey begins with one small step. It could be the length of a lifetime or 586 million miles (one trip around the sun). You can measure it in seconds, minutes, hours, days or 36 million miles per day.
It all boils down to deciding to take that first step…and then actually doing it. Hence, for me – my new video business and this blog.
The choices we make steer us along the path. We either deal with the consequences of our decisions or bask in the glow of the accomplishments wrought by them.
In my short 68 trips around the sun, I have made a few decisions. Some ended up good, some not so good (like: Hay ya’ll watch this….). But all of them gave me something to grow on.
How we react to the events that result from those decisions is what defines both our character and the next steps in the journey.
If the result is negative, we may choose to simply let it wash over us, consume us, or knock us off course. Or we can choose to see it as a learning event and change our path, maybe for the better.
Like Thomas Edison, he found hundreds of ways to not make a lightbulb. He may have been discouraged at times, but he kept at it for years. He was driven to find a path to light.
Edison did not stop there to rest on his laurels. He went on to discover many new bumps in the road (failures) and new paths to fame and glory (inventions we take for granted). He has gone down in history as one of the greatest inventors of all time.
Remember having a failure does not make you a failure unless you give up!
According to Jeff Walker (another of my heroes): “You do not need to be perfect. You need to be in motion.” Keep in mind that if you decide not to decide, then you have still made the decision to stay where you are. The rest of us will wish you well and pass you by.
So here are some action items:
- Make a daily plan
- Get moving on that plan … take baby steps
- Get rid of negatives (people, events, things) that steal your dream
- Listen to champions who come with experience
- Course-correct as needed
- Celebrate your wins!
Those who say it cannot be done should get out of the way of those who are doing it. (modified quote from G.B. Shaw, one of my greatest heroes)
Let’s go out and make a difference!
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Be safe and be kind.
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