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.”
Everyone that rodeos, understands that statement. Toots is absolutely right. The feeling leaving a rodeo when winning or losing is like the difference in night and day. From my experiences, I feel like I left the rodeo at best less than half the time with that good feeling from winning.
As Paul Harvey would say, here’s the rest of the story. What keeps me going the rest of time, comes from the book of Philippians 3:13-14. It is so good. Paul says, “Brothers and sisters, I know that I have not yet reached the goal, but there is one thing I always do. Forget the past and strain toward what is ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ...”
When God gives you a passion, I believe it’s a calling on your life. The rodeo life is not easy, but nothing in life is easy. Enjoy the journey. Don’t get so busy trying to make a living that you forget to make a life.
God Bless and I’ll see you down the line...