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I am excited to bring you this month's feature article. What is your philosophy? What are your principles? In my feature article you will find some of my favorite commandments. Cowboy Commandments to Live By.


Mark Matteson

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Cowboy Commandments to Live By
by Mark Matteson
As I write this I am listening to Hank Williams greatest hits. He was a singing Cowboy. He was born September 17, 1923, in Mount Olive, Alabama. Considered one of the most popular American country music singer/songwriters with songs like "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Hey, Good Lookin'" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." He died of a heart attack at the age of 29 in 1953 in the backseat of his Cadillac.

True Cowboys have a philosophy or set of principles they live their life by. Simply profound and profoundly simple. I never met a metaphor I didn’t like. Here are some of my favorites. They are kind of like Proverbs for Pokes. They are words to live by.

“Don’t let the sun catch you in bed.”

“IF it ain’t right, don’t do it.”

“If the boots fit, keep gettin’ em resoled.”

“What’s WANTED ain’t always what’s NEEDED.”

“Don’t let your yearnings get ahead of your earnings.”

“Spread happiness WHERE you go, not WHEN.”

“If you don’t feel like smiling, give it a shot anyway. It’ll help the general scheme of things.”

“IF the boots fit, make sure there is two of them.”

“For better or for worse means for good.”

“Don’t look at things for what they are NOT; look at them for what they ARE.”

“The side of life you see, is the side of life you show.”

“Never cuss somebody else’s dog or abuse your own.”

“Control your temper before you try to control a horse.”

“Never miss a good chance…to shut up.”

“To know the truth, speak the truth.”

“If it’s none of your business, stay out of it.”

“When you get bucked off, get back on.”

“Never take down another man’s fence.”

“Always sink corner fence posts twice as deep.”

“Never pick a fight with a porcupine.”

Tom Jefferson said, “In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” That’s what real cowboys do.

I wrote the poem for my wife a couple of years ago. Submitted for your approval.
Cowboy Mark
Howdy folks, I’m Cowboy Mark,
I’m kinda new at this,
Not to speaking publicly,
the stage is the ocean, I’ve always been the fish.

Been writing most my life,
I’m at home with paper and pen,
It’s the Cowboy Poet I’m searching for,
Like I’m starting all over again.

Real Cowboys and Ranch Hands would say,
I know a phony when I see me one,
They are right, I’m all hat and no cattle,
But Folks, I’m a just doing it for fun.

I’m an accidental cowboy,
My wife is the Cowboy Girl,
So I go along with some reluctance,
Line dancing, a jig and a swirl.

Cowboy Mark is a real apprentice,
A novice, a green horn at best,
With my black cowboy boots and five gallon hat,
And my Trader Grizz Western Leather vest.

My sincere and heartfelt apologies,
To real Cowboys, Punchers and Pokes,
Just trying to keep my Cowgirl happy,
Ain’t that what it’s all about, Folks?

Happy Trails, Cowboy Mark

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My good friend Adam Christing is an amazing guy. He is a great speaker, magician, filmmaker and philosopher. He thinks my “Cowboy Mark” persona is great branding. The problem is, “I’m all hat and no cattle.” He recently sent me the book “Don’t Dig For Water Under An Outhouse” by Texas Bix Bender. It’s where the above quotes came from. Thanks Pard!
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I am writing this looking out onto lovely Lake Chelan in central Washington state. I come here to relax, to write, to recharge my batteries. We all need to make the time to do just that. But you don’t need to drive 4- hours and take a week to accomplish the same result. It’s as simple as carving out some time each day for inspiration, education and insight.

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