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Y’all, you don’t need the approval of others. It’s nice to have but not necessary to achieve what you want. . Honestly, it took me a while to learn that. But, once I realized that everything I needed to get the life I want was already inside of me, I was free to pursue my dreams and my goals because I didn’t need to wait for anything. . And, here’s the secret my friend, it’s the same for you. Everything you need to be who you want to be, to achieve what you want to achieve, and to live the life you want to live is already inside you. So, how about we kick ass today? . . . . . . . . #cowboylife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #hayisforhorses #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #americancowboy #texascowboy #haybales #hayfordays #haytruck #haytrailer #haybale #hayallday #itsallwithinyou #takingabreak #copasquat #grabaseat #shadowphotography #puffyvest
Just like with cattle, we don’t always know why someone does something or says something. And we probably aren’t gonna find out, so just move on. You’ll be happier for it! . . . . . . . #cowboyaccountant #cowboywisdom #westernwednesday
If you are lucky enough to own a horse, you are lucky enough. . . . . #forlandforlife #ranchhorse #cowhorse #cowboyaccountant #schaefferoutfitters
Without ranch land there is no cowboy. And so the cowboy literally owes his life and his calling to the land. In that, the cowboy and the land he roams are inseparable. . “Each blade of grass has its spot on earth whence it draws its life, its strength; and so is man rooted to the land from which he draws his faith together with his life.” - Joseph Conrad . . . . . . . #americancowboy #texascowboy #ranchlife #cowboylife #respecttheland #respecttheenvironment #respectnature #leavealegacy #cowboywisdom #wisdomoftheday #wisdomquotes #wisdomquote #cowboyaccountant #rangeland #ranchlands #protecttheenvironment #protecttheland #protecttheearth #protecttheplanet #respectmotherearth #cowboyculture #carefortheplanet #carefortheearth #environmentalist #environmentallyconscious #motherearth #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #agriculturelife #environmentallyfriendly
They say home is where you hang your hat. Well for others of us, our office is wherever we place our laptop. Some days serving clients, you just gotta improvise and work from the hood of a truck! . This wool @schaeferoutfitterusa jacket is always in my truck for when I need to look a bit more, umm, respectable. . Have a great day y’all. We’re making it through the work week! . . . . . . . #cpalife #farmaccounting #texasfarmsandranches #accountingservices #gettingworkdone #cowboylife #ranch #cowboy #cowboyaccountant #menswesternwear #westernwednesday #texascowboy #cowboystyle #workiswhereyouparkit #lovemyclients #agribusiness #workingfortheweekend #livingthelifeilove #cowboyhat #cowboystyle #westernwear #dowhatyoulovelovewhatyoudo #accountantsofinstagram #schaeferoutfitter #resistolhats #resistol #workingonthego #wednesdaywork #tweedjacket #remoteworking
Y’all, we can all find something to complain about now and again. It’s actually pretty easy if you think about it. . But, whenever you feel like complaining just remember that there are tens of thousands of others out there who are literally taking their final breaths on this planet. . And, they would give most anything to have some of our problems. Have a great day! . . . . . . . . #americanwest #cowboys #cowboylife #cowboy #longlivecowboys #oldwisdom #cowboyaccountant #westernlifestyle #cowboywisdom #dontquitonyourself #noquitting #noquitters #tuesdaythoughts #tuesdaytransformation #nocomplaints #nocomplaining #ingratitude #begratefuleveryday #begratefulalways #wisdomquotes #wisdomoftheday #wisdoms #wisdomquote #wisdomwords #cowboyup #neverquit #neverquitting #cowboystrong #cowboying
It’s Monday and y’all know what that means! Time to saddle up and head out for the work week. Time to continue the progress on making your dreams come true. And, time to make time for the important things in your life. Let’s go get it! . P.S., Whiskey stands a full 15.2 hands tall, so yep, I always have to duck! 😂 . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #bayroan #cowboylife #cowboyshit #horseshit #cowboyaccountant #horseback #americancowboy #texascowboy #horsebarn #horsestall #ridingout #headingout #mondaysbelike #mondayshenanigans #donttrythisathome #donttrythisathomekids #quarterhorse #americanquarterhorse #westernhorse #makeyourownpath #steppingout #mondaymornings #horsebackrider #offtowork #offtoworkigo #horsingaround #ridethathorse #rideahorse
Ever met someone who immediately impressed you? Chances are it’s because of the way they expressed themselves. Great leaders are great listeners. But, they are also always thinking. . Like a duck that is calm on the surface but paddling like Hell below the surface, impressive people tend to look and talk slower but are faster thinkers. . Think about that for a minute. See what I did there? . . . . . . . . . . . . #ranchfence #cowboy #cowboyaccountant #cowboywisdom #americancowboy #texascowboy #thinkfirst #thinkfast #talkslow #cowboylogic #sundaythoughts #sundaythought #greatleaders #leadershipskills #thinkaboutit #thinkbeforeyouspeak
It’s Friday y’all and even Whiskey’s glad it’s here (if you can’t tell). So, get out there and have some fun this weekend! . . . . . . . . . #ranchhorse #bayroan #hancockbred #hancockhorses #cowhorse #ropinghorse #ropingpractice #cowboylife #horses #cowboyaccountant #horseback #saddlebred #saddleup #cowhorsesofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #getbackonthehorse #horsefun #ropingpractice #saddle #saddlehorn #readyfortheweekend #workingfortheweekend #horsingaround #aqhaproud #westernriding #quarterhorse #quarterhorsesofinstagram #americanquarterhorse #cowboyhorse

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I ain’t much good at prayin’,
and You may not know me, Lord —
For I ain’t much seen in churches,
where they preach Thy Holy Word.
But you may have observed me
out here on the lonely plains,
A-lookin’ after cattle,
feelin’ thankful when it rains.

Admirin’ Thy great handiwork.
the miracle of the grass,
Aware of Thy kind Spirit,
in the way it comes to pass
That hired men on horseback
and the livestock that we tend
Can look up at the stars at night,
and know we’ve got a Friend.

So here’s ol’ Christmas comin’ on,
remindin’ us again
Of Him whose coming brought good will
into the hearts of men.
A cowboy ain’t a preacher, Lord,
but if You’ll hear my prayer,
I’ll ask as good as we have got
for all men everywhere.

Don’t let no hearts be bitter, Lord.
Don’t let no child be cold.
Make easy the beds for them that’s sick
and them that’s weak and old.
Let kindness bless the trail we ride,
no matter what we’re after,
And sorter keep us on Your side,
in tears as well as laughter.

I’ve seen ol’ cows a-starvin’ —
and it ain’t no happy sight;
Please don’t leave no one hungry, Lord,
on Thy Good Christmas Night —
No man, no child, no woman,
and no critter on four feet
I’ll do my doggone best
to help you find ’em chuck to eat.

I’m just a sinful cowpoke, Lord —
ain’t got no business prayin’
But still I hope you’ll ketch a word
or two, of what I’m sayin’:
We speak of Merry Christmas, Lord—
I reckon You’ll agree —

There ain’t no Merry Christmas
for nobody that ain’t free!
So one thing more I ask You,
Lord: just help us what You can
To save some seeds of freedom
for the future Sons of Man!

– S. Omar Barker


About the Poet Laurette of New Mexico

It’s been written that S. Omar Barker earned more from the publication and uses of his “A Cowboy’s Christmas Prayer” than from any other poem. He was born in the rugged high country of central New Mexico, and lived there his entire life. He was one of the founders of the Western Writers of America and many of his poems were published by Western Horseman magazine. Well-known as an original character, he even enjoyed signing his name with his brand, “Lazy SOB.”

Estate of S. Omar Barker.
Barker at home in his beloved New Mexico.
Photo: The estate of S. Omar Barker

So respected was Barker as a cowboy poet that Tennessee Ernie Ford and sausage king-country singer Jimmy Dean read this poem on national television, and it has been reprinted more than 100 times in collections of Barker’s works, in magazines and on Christmas cards.

In December 2013, the estate of S. Omar Barker placed this poem in the public domain as a gift for all of us to enjoy.


As we approach Christmas, my prayer for you

Christmas is fast approaching, and for Christians, this is a time for us to celebrate the miracle of birth of a baby Jesus Christ by exchanging the gift of love and spending time with those people who are truly important in our lives.

Photo: Pexels.com

Even for those of other faiths, Christmas is a time to celebrate peace on Earth as we would want it to be every day. So, to my family and friends here in the US, in Canada, and in all places far and wide, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël. And, to my friends of any faith (and even those who do not follow a religion), wherever you are on Christmas Day, may peace be with you on this day and throughout the coming year.

Until next time, mis amigos, happy trails! ★


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