When in Babylon

Of course all those dream resolutions come because the thought is– if you are going to make yourself promises you can’t keep, may as well make big ones.

A Handbook for Ranch ManagersSounds like a good plan. Happy New Year everybody. — jtl, 419

via THE WESTERNER Cowgirl Sass & Savvy

by Julie Carter

What do you know about the New Year’s celebration except that it is when you make resolutions you won’t keep? January 1st wasn’t always the day celebrated for New Year’s although recognized as one of the oldest of holidays.

 Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  It was first observed in ancient Babylon more than 4000 years ago. Around 2000 BC, Babylonians celebrated the beginning of a new year on what is now March 23rd. It made more sense in that it was the season of the year that spring began and new crops were planted. January 1st, on the other hand, has no astronomical or agricultural significance, only the turning of a calendar page with a new number for the year denoted.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe Roman senate, in 153 BC, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the New Year and Julius Caesar did the same in 46 BC for the Julian calendar. But it was George Washington who began the custom of holding a party on New Year’s Day where everyone was welcome. This became known as having an “open house” and is still done in many places today.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteRegional foods help welcome the New Year in various parts of America. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, eating sauerkraut on New Year’s Day is said to bring good luck. In the South the custom is to eat black-eyed peas. More often now, people use aspirin and ibuprofen to cure their celebration pain of the night before.

Making resolutions on this first day of the New Year can also be tied to early Babylon. While popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking, the Babylonians most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits   In the cowboy world, resolutions might include a solemn promise to never eat Brussel sprouts, tofu, skinless chicken breasts, anything with spinach in it and certainly not fermented cabbage. Occasionally one hears of a cowboy who has sworn of paying entry fees, but that resolution on lasts until the next rodeo.

On the upside, a rural ranch dweller might dream of swearing off ice breaking, manure shoveling or any horse named Bronc. High on that dream list would be a warm calving season and sleeping longer nights. Next would be no flat tires, pitchfork use and no work that requires a shovel or a mechanics tool box.

Combat Shooter's HandbookOf course all those dream resolutions come because the thought is– if you are going to make yourself promises you can’t keep, may as well make big ones.

I would like to resolve to be more disciplined with my work, smile more often when I’d really rather not, and first look to find praise for someone or something before I find criticism.I would like to be a better person today than I thought possible yesterday and set a higher standard for tomorrow.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)    I resolve to not mention the words exercise, diet, or svelte in the same sentence with my name. Health and beauty should be a natural daily process, not a resolution.

I will continue to remind myself that January 1 is the day after December 31 and the day before January 2. Nothing more. I will strive to remember that everyday is a gift, tomorrow is never promised, and that the people in my life are precious.

I live an abundant blessed life and want to never fail to recognize that.But most of all I want to resolve to be resolute– firm in purpose, belief and unshakeable determination.

May this next year bring to you all of what you need and even some of what you want.

Julie is embracing all of 2017 and can be reached for comment at jcarternm@gmail.com



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A Handbook for Ranch ManagersA Handbook for Ranch Managers.  In keeping with the “holistic” idea that the land, the livestock, the people and the money should be viewed as a single integrated whole: Part I deals with the management of the natural resources. Part II covers livestock production and Part III deals with the people and the money. Not only would this book make an excellent basic text for a university program in Ranch Management, no professional ranch manager’s reference bookshelf should be without it. It is a comprehensive reference manual for managing the working ranch. The information in the appendices and extensive bibliography alone is worth the price of the book.

You might also be interested in the supplement to this Handbook: Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual.

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