An Old Farmer’s Advice, by Kathy Smith

While cleaning out the dump truck a few months ago, you know the two hour project yielding everything from the gloves my husband had me looking for, to bale strings, coffee cups, Bloomfield sale receipts, tools, straps to tie down the hay, pencils, etc., I came across this torn, dirty paper. My husband thinks a friend gave it to him. You’ve probably read it before but I thought it was worth repeating. It’s titled “An Old Farmer’s Advice.”

  1. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  2. Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
  3. Meanness doesn’t happen overnight.
  4. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
  5. It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  6. Every path has a few puddles.
  7. The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  8. Most of the stuff people worry about isn’t ever going to happen anyway.
  9. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  10. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  11. Don’t interfere with something that isn’t bothering you.
  12. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  13. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
  14. The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every morning.
  15. Good judgment comes from experience and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
  16. Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.
  17. If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
  18. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Kathy Smith is a farm wife from Wayne Township. She writes for the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau.