Sunday Thoughts ~ Country Wisdom

“Even strength must bow to wisdom sometimes.” ~ Rick Riordan

porch sitting [via vintage black&whites]

Good Sunday morning, everyone.  Much has been written over the years in support of and about, ‘country wisdom.’  Growing up in a small town in West Virginia, country wisdom was freely dispensed to children by their elders.  It was not until I grew up, married, and left our beautiful hills, did I realize not everyone in the world had been so blessed.

This week I have been trying to arrange my volumes of collected words and thoughts into some semblance of order.  A time-consuming project because, of course, I have to read them all.  Anyway, in my sorting,  I came across a piece I want to share this morning.  I hope you will appreciate the insight and enjoy the humor.  Because both, are the summation of country wisdom.  

Advice from An Old Farmer ~ unknown

“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.

Don’t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.

Don‘t interfere with ‘somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop ‘diggin’.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every ‘mornin’.

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than ‘puttin’ it back in.

If you get to ‘thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try ‘orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.

Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

Most times, it just gets down to common sense.”

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.” ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Wishing you and yours a lovely day, full of joy.


May your week ahead be filled with kind people and happy moments.






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8 thoughts on “Sunday Thoughts ~ Country Wisdom

  1. Sandra, how charming to read these country sayings! There is a lot of wisdom in those words…and I have heard most of them. Thank you for sharing sweet friend, you made me have a good laugh and after all it is the best medicine!

    1. Dear Pam, so happy you enjoyed the ‘country wisdom.’ It is interesting when one thinks about the things they have heard throughout the years. Every area in our country has its version. Hope you and yours had a lovely day and wishing you a great week ahead. ❤

    1. Maristella, thank you so much. Happy you enjoyed the post. Have a wonderful week, my friend.❤

  2. Sandra, such wonderful wisdom, and I have heard several of these before. I always look forward to your Sunday thoughts, and today’s post made me smile. Have a wonderful week, sweet friend!!!

  3. That opening photo reminds me of my grandfather, and yes, he was a farmer, too. It’s just lovely. I had some big smiles on my face reading this!

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