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Be thankful for your blessings

By Jerry Nine

(Nov. 26)—It is Thanksgiving time again and most all of us have a lot to be thankful for. Anyone who lives in America should be very thankful. At our last high school class reunion, I saw a gal in our class who has been in a wheelchair for the last 10 years. After being around her for that weekend, I felt very guilty for ever thinking that I was having a bad day because compared to her, I do not know what a bad day really is. Another thing we often take for granted is always having plenty to eat. Only those that live in a home where they do not have plenty to eat would understand what that is like. For most of us, being hungry is eating dinner an hour late. Let’s all try to be more thankful. Remind your family to do something nice for someone who has lost a family member or someone who is elderly. Cook something with your kids and take it to the neighbors. Actions will speak a lot louder than words and it will make both you and your family feel good. Remember to tell God thanks for being so fortunate. It is nothing we have done to deserve it, but yet we have been blessed for some reason. If you are in a sad time in your life, try to concentrate on making other people happy. It will pass the time and make you feel better.

I can even say that I am thankful for the opportunity to run the sale barn. I have met a lot of really nice people who I would not have met otherwise. And while I am being truthful, I am thankful for Thanksgiving, as we get a day away from the sale barn. Because a few of those really nice people have relatives who are on the other side of the family tree. I am thankful for a great cattle market this past year. It is a lot more fun to make money than it is to lose it. I am thankful for the drought getting a lot better. One of my buyers told me today that he had something about me that he was very thankful for. I said, “What is that?” He said, “I’m thankful that you were not a twin.”

I asked a friend of mine the other day where he met his wife. He said, “I saw her at a carnival. She was riding the Ferris wheel. She had beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other. It was love at first sight.”

I just read the survey that said, “Did you know that 25 percent of the women in America are being treated for mental illness?” After hearing that a friend of mine said, “That is scary!” I said, “What do you mean?” He said, “There are 75 percent of them running around who are not being treated.”

Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.

Date: 12/02/2013


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