One of These Days (Down the Line, Stran Smith)

The other day I heard someone say “One of these days, I’ll….”. After some thought I later told my wife that “One of these days” is code for never.

I realized that in the past I had occasionally said, “One of these days I’ll do a school in Hawaii and we’ll go there on vacation.” That’s a nice thought and something I’d really like to do for my family, but I have never taken any action on it. Well that’s not exactly fair to my family, to give them false hope for something I mention casually.

When you catch yourself saying, “One of these days…” stop and take a hard look at what you’re talking about. Is this something you really intend to do? How many times have you heard people say “One of these days I’m going to start exercising,” or “One of these days I’m going to lose weight”? I don’t doubt their intentions, but there’s a big difference between dreaming and doing. Remember the old saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

It reminds me of the movie The Bucket List. Those two guys had a list of things they wanted to do before they died – and waited until they were dying to start on the list. I would like to buy a Corvette and visit Hawaii. Well I don’t want to buy a Corvette or visit Hawaii when I’m 85 years old.

Kids today are great procrastinators if allowed. As students how many say or think I’ll start studying and get serious about school when I get to high school, or college? They are developing life-long habits right now and there just won’t be a magical moment that comes along when they will suddenly be an exemplary student. That only comes with effort and hard work.

What about ropers who say, “When I get a really nice horse I’ll take good care of him.” Why wouldn’t you take good care of any or all of your horses? It’s a personal choice to do the right thing.

Congratulations to Matt Shiozawa for winning the $100,000 at Calgary. It was a very exciting finish where the final four guys roped and Matt and Fred Whitfield were both 7.4. They had to have a rope off and rope one calf for the $100,000. Matt tied his in 6.5-seconds. Fred would have to be 6.4 to beat him. It looked like he was going to get it done until his string popped up.

It’s awesome to watch guys of that caliber rise to the occasion when the pressure is on. It made for good watching and my hat is off to both of them. All professional cowboys work very hard at what we do and what separates us from professional football or baseball players is that we have to win to get paid. That’s the nature of the beast of our sport. Congratulations Matt.

Till next time, God Bless and I’ll see you down the line.

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