A Cowboy’s Faith: Faith essential during changes

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“What’s right, what’s wrong, what’s true, what’s false, who can one believe, who should always be doubted?”

Never in this lifetime, possibly never in all time, have there been so many queries go through the mind.

All make such a qualm, causing migraines for those who’ve seldom experienced even a headache. Then incorporate inconsistently forever changing stories, philosophies and opinions becoming most stressfully depressing.

Primary voting concludes this week with squabbling over tallies likely to continue for days. Some will win, most will lose, but who would have a clue if outcome is actually the best?

Working in promotions of sorts professionally for half a century never has advertising been so blatantly depreciating. All the name slinging, backbiting, degrading, it’s difficult to differentiate those being criticized from the boasting holier-than-thou.

Frequently those who are being defamed have gotten more benefit, certainly higher name recognition, than the bill-paying, humiliating opposition.

Despite most having positive intentions in the voting booth, it is an intimidating time of sorts. So many names, so many different choices, many times the first one remembered will get the ballot mark.

Whatever will be, will be, general election advertising is already underway. Possibility it could be ruder and more truly crude than recent weeks is highly probable in this uniquely strange environment.

Added to political controversies in today’s different world uncertainties are serious health concerns. No discussion warranted about the broad negative impact of any illness let alone a previously unknown one with no proven cure.

Safety and prevention are utmost importance and most essential exertion from every endeavor. Anyone denying or debating that are following their personal freedom of choice without consideration for world endangerment.

Nobody knows what future holds, acknowledging unknown isn’t worth the cost of risk involved.

Livestock health concerns have added dilemma to already diversely burdened stockmen. With many cancelations and all making drastic changes in tradition, most recent fairs and shows have met those challenges.

Added health certification and individual livestock inspections have allowed many events to continue.

The unload-show-and-go format initiated in certain locales worked fine, even sometimes enhancing overall financial stability.

Following distancing requirements, several horse activities have proceeded largely unchanged.

Whatever was “normal” will never be again as changes are met with faith.

Reminded of Exodus 6:8: “For heritage the Lord’s pledge is unchanging faithfulness.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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