YOU CAN’T ROLLER SKATE IN A BUFFALO HERD

Truths are so simple and true.  Have you listened to Roger Miller’s song “You Can’t Go Roller Skating in a Buffalo Herd”?  It sounds like a fun and silly song, but it has a lot of wisdom to it.

“Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
Ya can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd
But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to

Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage
Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage
Ya can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage
But you can be happy if you’ve a mind to

All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it”

Go ahead.  Sing a few bars.  Sing it a few times.  It’s easy and you can sound as silly as you want.  It’s a catchy tune.  Soon you will be singing/humming/dancing to it all day long. Then you start believing it.  Wait, the light bulb moment is coming.  It hits you – right between the eyes.

You go, Holy Shit!  It’s true.  I can’t go roller skating in a buffalo herd.  I can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage.  But I can be happy if I put my mind to it.  Do it, do it, DO IT! So you sing at the top of your lungs, skip around the kitchen and pound your chest.  Man, that feels good!  Let’s do it again.

I know life is not that simple.  But it is.  Sometimes I make life hard for myself by insisting on doing things I can’t do – like roller skating in a buffalo herd instead of on the sidewalk. You know what I mean, don’t you?

 

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About hafong

Hello! My name is (Leung) Hafong alias Lily Leung. You always say the last name first….that is the Chinese way. That is my partner lurking behind me. Since this is my blog, I won’t mention his name. But this is a rather cool picture. You see me and yet you don’t…sort of the way I feel about myself most of my life. So this blog is a self-exploration, an archeology dig of some sort. My tools…..words of a thousand or so at a sitting. I will try for that.
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4 Responses to YOU CAN’T ROLLER SKATE IN A BUFFALO HERD

  1. realmojo68 says:

    This is a great post. I found you via BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo. I used to listen to Roger Miller as a child, and I remember this song. This is a very timely; we all need the reminder to choose to be happy. Thanks!

  2. Lux says:

    i love reading posts like this! beautiful and simple reminder. happiness really is an inside job. 🙂

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