I found this poem in a box of stuff tonight... something I cut out and saved. Thought you might enjoy. An Old Farmer's Advice Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled. Meanness don't jes' happen overnight. Forgive your enemies, it messes with their heads. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. The best sermons are lived, not preached. Most of the stuff people worry about ain't gonna happen anyhow. Don't judge folks by their relatives. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Live a good honorable life. Then when you are older and think back, you can enjoy it a second time. Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none. Timing has to do a lot with the outcome of a rain-dance. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'. Sometimes you get, some times you get got. The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin'. Always drink upstream from the herd. Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of experience comes from poor judgement. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in. If you get to thinking that you are a person of influence, try ordering someone else's dog around.