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A Cowboy’s Faith: Saying easier than doing

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Can’t is over in the ditch.”

Mrs. Gibson, first grade teacher at Garfield Grade School in 1957, emphasized that to her students. “There isn’t anything impossible when one has the determination.”

It’s a lesson never forgotten always coming to mind when something seems unachievable.

“When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” another teacher presented that advice to his class.

Both comments are encouragement relative to getting accomplished what needs to be done.

Frequently, “can’t” is used as an excuse for not doing a necessary task one just doesn’t like doing. However, the challenge whatever it is can often be completed with dedicated effort.

Still, certain people have more natural abilities in different areas than others. One which is an increasingly burdening factor today is modern technology.

This includes all aspects of cell phone, computer and other social media operations. Most young to middle age adults and even grade school children have no issues with such advanced conveniences. Yet that’s not the case with many of those born a half century ago or before. While they may have been forced into use of the “convenient” devices, their knowledge remains quite limited.

A number of “senior” citizens with cell phones and computers can make a call or look up certain information. Nevertheless, there are still quite a lot of older folks who don’t have the apparatuses.

Likely those people could learn simple operation, but they’re resistant to do such. The old ways have been fine for years, decades, even sometimes centuries, why change what’s proven to work so well?

Of course that philosophical opinion is correct, but the same was thought about landline telephones and other “extravagant” inventions. Many are now nearly all used by vast majority of population without a second thought. Today’s new communication mechanisms will doubtless be the norm to future generations.

Issue arises when those less knowledgeable seek help from others in the know. Upon seeking assistance, quite regularly it seems the grumpy response is “You can do it.” That’s probably right, but not without detailed explanation and guidance because what’s obvious to one often isn’t to somebody else.

Most gurus could never ride, let alone train a horse, why should a cowboy despite necessity naturally know computer operation?

Reminded of Proverbs 1:7: “Only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning.”


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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