Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

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October 21, 2013
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Mad Jack Hanks: Tales From The O-NO Ranch

I came across a quote, gentle readers, that I really liked. Here’s what it said, “Aspire to inspire before you expire.” How cool is that?

Actually I think we all inspire most everyone that we come in contact with. We may not, however, inpspire them in a positive way all the time. What if we set a personal goal for one day each week to make a consistant effort to inspire someone in a positive way for that day? I know, I know, that sounds admirable and we might try it a time or two and then completely forget about it.

Think back in time with me for a moment. How many times have you wished that you could go back in time and have a “do-over”? Man, I have to tell ya, I can’t count the times that I wished I could do that very thing. I have made so many mistakes in my life and have said things and done things that really hurt other’s feelings and too much of the time it was those that I loved the most. A comment off the cuff that was meant to be “cute” was a comment better left unsaid.

I love to see folks that are happy, joyful and seemingly have it all together. They inspire me to want to be just like them. We are living in difficult times.

The future is so unpredtictable and so uncertain I think most of us feel the need to play our cards close to our vest so to speak. There are a lot of angry folks out there and I am guilty of falling in that column from time to time. I have not been inspired by but a very few of our politicians here of late. Our government it seems has gone to “the dogs” and we as citizens just can’t seem to get our arms around what’s going on and get it straightened out when so much of what goes on in local, state and our federal government is like a bamboo sliver under our fingernails. Ouch!!

Maybe if we could set aside special moments to aspire to inspire others we might be able get ourselves to thinking on a more positive than negative course. We need to be inspired.

I love it when someone like the little Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Muslim terroist is still speaking out against those who tried to silence her. What bravery!! If we all could be so brave and stand as tall as that little girl has stood. She certainly inspires me to want to be a better citizen, to be a better man and a better friend to those I call my friends. How about you?

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, please aspire to inspire and I’ll c y’all, all y’all. ❖


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