Just The Way It Is - Feb 2016
February is upon us and it is the month of love and romance.
It is also when we celebrate Groundhog Day and President’s Day among others. The team roping world is up and running and the USTRC events have been excellent this year. I know some of you have been snowed in and it has been too cold to rope, but spring is near, so be patient and you will be back in the arena before you know it.
I want to talk to you this month about who we are as team ropers and how each of us reflects one upon the other. Team ropers are a diverse group of individuals, yet they are all etched from the same mold. In essence, you can spot a team roper a mile away, if you know what you are looking for.
The definition of the word “echo” is; as a sound heard again near its source after being reflected or a person who reflects or imitates another.
I don’t get to spend a lot of time in the mountains, but I recently spent some time in Utah and with the bad weather and ice an interesting thing happened. As I stood on a little rise looking down into a draw I hollered at some cows off in the distance. Surprisingly, there was an echo of my voice back to me. It caught me off guard, so I hollered again. It was a rather neat sensation.
If you think about it an echo is truly a reflection. Although it may be somewhat distorted it is still a reflection of the sound. I think we are all reflections of others in some form or fashion. What we are, in and through each other, lays the groundwork for who we are as a family, community or nation.
Team Ropers seem to mirror or if you don’t mind, echo each other. We, as team ropers, reflect and imitate rather than impersonate or mimic each other. We are, in essence, a group or breed apart. Perhaps, that is why team ropers are so closely associated with a family unit. We are close knit and tend to come from the same mold!
I’m proud of my association and affiliation with team ropers. I don’t mind echoing a bit of what they are and what they represent. It is after all my livelihood.
It is truly amazing that team ropers come from all walks of life, from all professions, from all parts of the United States and abroad and yet we are an echo or reflection of each other. We have so many common threads and similarities it is almost comical.
Team Ropers have a unique way of replicating and mirroring not only ropers, but a good portion of our society as well. If you think about it we have team ropers who are veterinarians, health care individuals, doctors, lawyers, truck drivers, teachers, animal health care representatives, horseshoers, therapists, dental assistants, clerks, secretaries, physical trainers, massage therapist and so on and on goes the list. And yet, when each of us saddles a horse, picks up a rope and rides into the box we are all one and the same. That, to me, is an echo that resonates in thunderous ways.
We are, indeed, a family united by a common love and interest in the equine world of team roping. We imitate, we copy, we initiate, and reflect what the team roping world is all about. We dress the same, reflect the same concerns and interests, and yet, our individual worlds may be eons apart.
Perhaps that is one of the reasons for the sudden popularity of our sport. Each of us is truly an individual representative of our families, our jobs, our part in the communities where we live, while at the same time, we are group representatives of the sport we love so much.
The definition of representative is someone standing or acting for another or others or exemplifying a group or kind. We, as team ropers, are representatives of each other. What happens to one of us happens in some form or fashion to all of us.
I’m truly thankful and appreciative of that kind of echo. I like that kind of representation. There is an old saying there are safety in numbers. I think our team ropers are safe and secure in our numbers defined as a so-called “family unit.” I’m very proud of the people I mirror and who mirror me. It doesn’t bother me to be an echo or representative of the group that defines team ropers. You know, they aren’t a half bad group to be associated with. And I say that with love in my heart and a smile on my face.
Next time you are standing on your mountain somewhere and call out don’t be surprised if there is an echo. It is a reflection of who you are and what you represent. Stand tall team ropers, for you are special breed apart from others, and don’t ever underestimate the things you can do. Don’t ever underestimate who you are or what you stand for. You never know when something you do will make a lasting impression on someone and they will echo or imitate your actions. Somewhere down the line someone is going to mirror the exact thing that impressed them, and that is just the way it is……….