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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.

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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...

THE BASEBALL PLAYER

The Baseball PlayerWith spring comes baseball season, as sure as daylight follows night. And, with the onset of baseball, I would like to reprise a great story that Cowboy Joe tells about a neighbor boy with a bat and ball.

Alone in his back yard, and not knowing he had an audience, with an underhand motion, the boy threw up the ball. As it came back down, he swung the bat. Whiff. He missed the ball. “Strike one,” he said to himself. He threw it up a second time. Again, he missed the ball. “Strike two.” As he reached down to pick up the ball there was a slight smile on his face. A third time he threw the ball in the air. Again, all that could be heard was the whiff of the bat cutting the air. “Strike three.”

The young boy now had a big smile on his face. “Boy, am I going to be a great pitcher,” he said to himself.

Cowboy Joe always wraps up the story by saying, “You know, no matter what happens to us, we are the only one to decide our attitude toward it. And that attitude determines if we are positive and cheerful or not.”

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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of The Code.

 

 
     
     

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