A tip of the ol’ hat

Posted: January 24, 2011 in Results

Watching the rodeo this past weekend I was moved at the humbleness of most the cowboys.

No matter if they just had the best ropin’ and ridin’ of the whole night or just got bucked off the bull in the first second, you couldn’t tell from their body language whether they had won or lost. It wasn’t a showboat attitude or an attitude of defeat. (Can you imagine if pro football was like that). They simply walked off the dirt, occasionally stopping very briefly to tip their hat at the crowd, or point up to the Heavens as if thanking God for blessing them with another safe ride.

Also, I felt that each and every one of them ‘er cowboys gave a level 10 effort…even when it was apparent that there was no way they were going to beat a certain time (like in calf tie up event, whatever it’s called). It was as if they just didn’t care what the final score was. What mattered to them (at least in my eyes) was that they were doing what they loved and they did it with everything they had.

The event inspired me somehow…even today, I’m inspired today to give it a level 10. That does NOT mean perfection. I just want to focus on the things that matter most today: God, wife, kids, teaching martial arts, connecting with some friends, working out, and eating in a way that empowers me…I want to be my best for God and my family today because I love them. I want God to be glorified somehow in my life today. I want my wife to know I love her. I want my kids to feel pursued and desired by me because of my actions and attitude toward them.

Anyone wanna join in? …you know, in giving a level 10 today. I’ll figure out tomorrow when I get there as today has enough to worry about in itself. I want to get to the end of the day and be able to point upward and say “thanks” to God who watches after me. I want to tip my hat (so to speak) at my wife and kids and give them a little grin knowing I did my best for them…cause I love ’em, like a cowboy loves his rodeo.

Thanks for reading,

  1. Jean says:

    Hey Darin,
    Great thoughts….. I knew there was a reason I always liked those cowboys! Love your posts: you are an awesome writer. I am motivated 🙂
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Wendy says:

    You always have a new and refreshing way of looking at things that is informative and inspiring. Keep it coming.

    God bless you for your commitment to Him and to what you do!


  3. Smiley says:

    Thanks for the thoughts Darin. I love the idea of giving a level 10 effort. To me that doesn’t mean I’m the best in the class in form or number of reps I can do but it does mean not cheating myself and giving my full attention and dedication in class and to family and friends.

  4. tim says:

    It’s nice to see that we can see God in small manurism’s in people.Way to stand up for the faith, and what’s important to you. I know we will alway’s have this in common as friend’s..

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