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A Cowboy’s Faith: Faith balances all luck

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Good luck, bad luck, no luck at all are purely superstitions.”

People have wide variation in opinion about “luck” which gets blamed and credited for many things.

However, generally outcome really has nothing to do with “luck” but rather what one has done to determine end results.

Nevertheless one can say without reserve that luck of the draw does play a role in certain competitions.

Particularly in the sport of rodeo – which bronc, bull, and timed event cattle is drawn does make a difference.

Some broncs and bulls always buck more impressive than others so the cowboy making the whistle gets a higher score. Without question whichever critter is drawn by cowboys in timed events has impact on their success. Specific cattle run fast, others slow, some straight, certain ones sashay. Then there are widely varied maneuvers cattle take when caught by the cowboy’s rope or launched on with bulldogger’s hands.

Certain calves are easy to throw, readily tied, never kick and cowboys are eager to compete on them. Various bulldogging steers know their routine so well they’ll nearly throw themselves upon feel of a cowboy’s hands. Completely opposite, other calves fight and kick, almost impossible to tie, while rubber-necked steers resist dropping to their sides. Cowboys despise them in the draw.

In the New Year, a number of resolutions have been made with the words “good luck” frequently included.

Not particularly superstitious, still appreciated the bag of buckeyes received from a farmer a story had been written about.

Black cats, broken mirrors, hats on beds, walking under a ladder, and Friday the 13th have always been considered bad luck. A horseshoe, four leaf clover and rabbit’s foot are considered good luck. Sometimes there even seem to be more symbols of bad luck than good luck.

Anyway, seeds similar to nuts, buckeyes grow on trees and can be poisonous when eaten by people and livestock. However, superstitious people insist buckeyes bring good luck of various sorts. Ten buckeyes in a plastic bag on the computer box are sure to bring all good luck in the coming year.

Reminded of Ecclesiastes 9:12: “The race is not to the swift, nor battle to the strong, neither riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

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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