Last week I finally got my desk sorted–again, although it isn’t cleaned yet. Eraser shreds, dust from the open windows, crumbs, cat hair, cottonwood fluff, bits of yarn, all still linger here. What really bothered me was the stacks of paper everywhere–print outs, receipts, folders that I kept moving from place to place. After the garage sale bust of last weekend–never again!–there was even more stuff to be sorted, stored or given away. All this organization took time, but it was purging! Now I know where everything is again as well as what needs to be accomplished.
One benefit was finding a folder where I stuffed newspaper clippings that I wanted to think about. One of them was a profile about the granddaughter of a Colorado pioneer family who had just turned 100. She was a truly amazing woman…I say was, because just the day before I had read her obituary in the newspaper. She died at 101. Synchronicity! Another article I found inspired the title of this blog posting.
The Code of the West has inspired a curriculum unit developed by the Ann Moore of Cherry Creek High School and is available from the Cherry Creek School District, a suburban district in the Denver Metro area where my children and one son-in-law attended school, my grandchildren attend now and my other son-in-law teaches. The curriculum is titled, “Making a Difference: Cowboy Ethics in the Classroom.” It is intended for middle school and high school students.
The key principles are good for life on the range, in business and on Wall Street. After watching several documentaries about the recent financial collapse around the world, including the Bernie Madoff debacle, maybe the code has worldwide applications! See what you think. It’s very simple:
- Live each day with courage
- Take pride in your work
- Always finish what you start
- Do what has to be done
- Be tough but fair
- When you make a promise, keep it
- Ride for the brand
- Talk less and say more
- Remember that some things aren’t for sale
- Know where to draw the line
Happy trails to you!