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Living the Code...

In the Old West, there was an unwritten code of behavior. This code was passed on both verbally, and by the actions of men and women. Western writer Zane Grey first chronicled it as the “Code of the West.” This code stressed integrity, self-reliance and accountability. It relied on cooperation with neighbors in finding solutions to problems.

Thankfully, this “code” is alive and well today. Not only individuals, but city and county governments are operating based on this code of behavior.

We at Chronicle of the Old West believe strongly that this code was important in making the United States the preeminent country it is today. And its continued practice is important in making sure we continue as a strong democratic country.

We have taken the various elements of “The Code,” condensed them and did a little modernizing of the words. But lest you fret, they maintain the same power that they did 150 years ago.

Click HERE to see an expanded version of The Code.

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The Code

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Applying the Code...

We all have a friend, or maybe even more than one friend, who always seems to have things happen to them. If there’s one cow pie in the field, they step in it. Or maybe they get curious about things like, “What would happen if I lassoed a buffalo?”

Well, I have such a friend. His name is Cowboy Joe. Every time I see him, he has another story to tell. But, the great thing about Cowboy Joe is that even though he gets himself into some of the strangest situations, he’s philosophical about them. For instance, after stepping in that cow pie, he learned that you have to watch where you step when there’s a lot of bull around. As for lassoing the buffalo, well, I don’t think anyone’s that stupid.

What I’m going to do here is to pass on to you some of the stories that Cowboy Joe has told me. I cannot vouch for their authenticity, but quite possibility, we can learn from them anyway.

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Our current Living the Code story...

BEING POSITIVE AND CHEERFUL

Some people refuse to fly. Others don’t like to fly, but do it anyway. I don’t mind flying, even though each time I see a plane, whether on the ground or in the air, I tell myself there is no way that big thing weighing tons and tons can fly through the air with the greatest of ease. I’m still convinced it’s an illusion.

Fear of Flying

Like everyone who has flown very much, I’ve had good and bad experiences. Fortunately, the bad experiences haven’t included setting on the tarmac for hours or one of those thousand feet instant drops in altitude.

The interesting thing is no matter whether I choose to have a good experience or a bad experience on a plane, my experience has nothing to do with the time I arrive at my destination. Good or bad, I’m there at the same time.

So, why not ignore the crying baby two rows up, the fact that only a middle seat was available when we checked in or the virtual strip search we had to go through at security.

Incidentally, I hope you understand that in the above illustration, taking a trip on a plane is a metaphor. What I’m really talking about is life and how whether we’re pessimistic or optimistic, we get to the end of life at the same time…However, in actuality, that’s not absolutely true. Optimistic people do live longer. For pessimistic people, life just seems to be longer.

Be positive and cheerful.

If you want to read past stories, click HERE.

If you would like to get more information about Living The Code and its importance in the United States becoming the preeminent nation that it presently is, visit www.LivingTheCode.org.

Click HERE to see an expanded version of The Code.

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If you would like to get more information about Living The Code and its importance in the United States becoming the preeminent nation that it presently is, visit www.LivingTheCode.org.

 

 

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