Cowboys have been my greatest teachers. The best lessons do not just happen however. I had to become teachable. I was an educated, environmentally aware, city snob. Seriously. I sometimes don’t think we see ourselves. If we think we know something, we can be the most arrogant, obnoxious fools. It took me a while to get it, but when I did – my whole world turned upside down. I discovered I didn’t know much at all when it came to the nuts and bolts of life. Not many of us do.
I will pass on lessons learned from cowboys and locals on this page. They are endless. I am forever grateful to these beautiful individuals who are now my friends, for making my life so much richer than I ever could have imagined. The lessons come in many forms — some are related to sustainability, psychology, or communities; and many are plain old common sense. Some are tough to accept, and others are deeply poignant. Whether we agree with them or not, they have value. Time has taught me to listen and refrain from judging because I just might learn something. And I always do.
Here is an example of something I learned recently after discovering the citrus juicer was at a neighbors. I could not get all the limes for the steak marinade squeezed. I used my rolling technique and the microwave trick but it wasn’t good enough. This is the solution one cowboy came up with. It worked perfectly! Stay tuned for more :)