To say that the LOrd has Blessed my life in many wonderfull ways..............is well, and understatment. I mean from my wife to my kids, to great clients, to the place I get to live and the places I have had the chance to see. These are Blessings to me, and incase you are wondering or maybe you noticed, that I didn't mention money in all this............well, because to me money is a very fleeting thing. Certainly it is needed to get by in life, but how high the stack is not the best way to count our Blessings. Hard to put a value on the things in life that really matter, have you ever noticed.
Over the years I have had the chance to teach and share what I know, okay okay, I will admit it may not be much. The teaching and sharing have given me one very discernable Blessing. That is FRIENDS, wouldn't consider trading one good friend for a new Belt Grinder, and certainly wouldn't swap even one for a thick stack of cash. I like to think that most of us within the cowboy culture would fell the same, maybe that is why the cowboy culture is so rich in character..................and when we have a gather we show up in pickup's not Maserati's.
I recieved a very nice email tonight from a fellow in Texas. Maybe it was just an opertune time to recieve the email, funny how God knows when you need to hear some good news.
it started along time ago, bout 30 years
at a shop on a ranch, cause a town wasn't near
wanted a new bit, but the price was outa sight
so he worked, hammered and filed, till late at night
that was the first one, and now thousands more
God gave him a gift, and that first one opened the door
with a love for God first, and his family always
in this perspective, he followed the way
on to saddles, videos and tools
tig welder now, and his bonny doon
band saw and grinder, a mill and lathe
building a legend, ain't that the cowboy way
just one bit, got the whole thing rolling
but by going ahead, he made quite a showing
from the ranch to arena, the work is put to the test
striving always, to do his personal best
to further the art, and what it means
helping other artists to follow their dreams
good luck cowboy, may your days be blessed
out there in california, which is way out west
august 29. 2007