Carol does it again…

The last few days I have been pouting.


Seething, too.

I have been a very naughty donkey.

Seems like every little thing has been @!$$ing me off. Just stupid little crap. So needless to say I have been in need of a spiritual buttkick.

And then I got the most wonderful advice from Carol. It came titled, “Advice from a Tennessee Mountain Man.”

Being a rather obnoxious donkey lately, I am surprised I read the Advice. But I did. And my mouth just kept dropping open farther and farther. It wasn’t just one or two items. It was a ton of them. I was just dumbfounded. I am going to print out the list and meditate on it…they need to sink in.

I was so impressed with the list I wanted to share it with you all, too. It contains some excellent advice everyone can benefit from.

Thank you, Carol.

(And thank YOU, Janey, for your ever-constant vigilance to keep me in line. *smile*)

Here it is:

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers 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 doesn’t just happen overnight.
Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
Do not corner something you know is meaner than you.
It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel, or unkind 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 is never gonna happenanyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Remember silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older
and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever
have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that
comes from bad judgment.
Letting the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier
than putting it back in.
If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence,
try ordering somebody else’s dog around.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest up to God.



  1. You have a way of looking deeply into things and seeing the greater meaning… Some would just pass off those many wise words as just a lol… But not you… You have a gift… You ARE a gift!!

  2. I’m so glad you’re listening to the LORD—everyone gets ornery sometimes; the difference is what you do when He corrects you! And you have received that correction and grown through it. I am proud of you. You are a joy and a comfort to me. Love you lots, and G-D bless you bunches—janey

  3. oh, and one other thought–not original with me; it’s from Will Rogers.
    “Some few people can learn by reading. Some of us can learn from the mistakes of others. And the rest of us just have to pee on the electric fence.”
    May you be the kind who NEVER has to pee on the electric fence! Love you–janey

  4. I have been worried about you! I hope everything is becoming peaceful where you are. “Peace be with you” I have always thought that is one of the phrases that could be useful in the world, no matter what.
    Lubs u, Kafleen!


  5. This is great, Kafleen! Glad you posted it; glad I moseyed over here and read it. A couple of these were just what I needed to read/hear this morning.

    I hope you’re feeling better today…but, you know, with the heat and smoke in the air where you are, I’d be cranky and miserable, too. Remind yourself that it’s just weather, and wrap some ice in a washcloth and apply to the back of the neck, inside of knees and elbows. Aaahhhhh….everything is suddenly just a litle bit better, or a little bit less bad.
    It’s just a tad easier to get mind and spirit in order when the bod is a little more comfortable.

    Head bonks and purrs,

  6. “Don’t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.”

    or as Will Smith said in Men in Black: “Don’t start nothin’, won’t be nothin””

    hugs and smiles 🙂

  7. thank you, it’s on my fridge now.

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