AND STOMP your own snakes.” That is an old cowboy expression meaning every one of us must look out for our self. We get out of life what we put in it! Many a young person after leaving home is ready to tackle the world. They have great ambitions. Along the road to making a name for one’s self in life there are many obstacles. Negative thinkers will discourage you in accomplishing your goals in life. Perhaps they mean well by cautioning you not to “stick your neck out,” or they just don’t want others to succeed. Such individuals failed to achieve very much and would be jealous of those who do.
A day or two ago when I was a young teenager an old gentleman ask me what I wanted to do in life. Well at the time I wasn’t sure just what I wanted to do. Anyway, he said, “Hook your wagon to a star and then hold on!” The concept of the expression is to set one’s goal high and then not allow anything to hinder you from achieving it. Actually the expression: “Hook your wagon to a star” was used by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his essay, “Civilization.” The elderly gentleman who was motivating me by using that phrase added the words: “and then hold on.”
We esteem anyone very highly who will sacrifice and work hard to get ahead in life. Some set out with splendid ambitions, but become discouraged and lower their sights to a less ambitious goal. Either they let someone’s negative attitude get to them, or they were not willing to make the sacrifice and do the hard work necessary to achieve the desired goal.
Remember: those of us who are willing to: “saddle our own horse and stomp our own snakes” can hold our head high.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. Presently he serves as full time evangelist for the Pittsburg Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)