Down The Line


with Stran Smith

It is such a busy time of year. Parents are getting their kids back to school, sending them off to college; football’s starting, and summer rodeo season is winding down. Last week, we had a list a mile long of little things that needed to be done.

And then, time stopped for our family. Jennifer called me to tell me to stop what I was doing and come home. My nephew, Sawyer’s 3-month-old baby had passed away. Suddenly that list disappeared. Nothing else mattered.

One of my dad’s heroes was Toots Mansfield. For you young guys, Google him. You need to know. Dad reflects a lot about conversations with Toots, and one of his favorite quotes from him is, “The best thing you can take to the next rodeo is to be winning the one you have just left.”

If you want to change the world, start by making your bed and brushing your teeth everyday. It seems like, more than ever, we live in a society that believes that there are shortcuts to success. So much so, if we are not careful, it will lead to a sense of entitlement. College graduates are expecting to earn their parents’ salary immediately. Someone watches a YouTube video of someone that has spent years to perfect their craft, and then consider themselves an expert. It’s no different than the “get rich quick” scheme or a promise of “15 minute abs.”

I was driving down the road the other day thinking about how crazy my month had been.  We are probably all guilty of over committing ourselves from time to time in our lives, but it seems to be more regular these days.