West Ridge Academy - Inspirations Taken From The Code Of The West

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  • Learn from the Code of the West Ken AllenExecutive Director But remember this: Every man who signs on for the drive agrees to finish it. Therell be no quitting along the waynot by me, not by you. When Im not at West Ridge Academy, you can often find me playing cowboy at my ranch. A number of years ago, in what was the result of a midlife crisis or a moment of weakness, I purchased a working cattle ranch. With that decision came unbelievable headaches: broken wheel lines, bulls getting into my neighbors fields, calving at 3 a.m. in -10 degree weather, mending fences, broken hydraulic lines on my tractor, numerous flat tires, picking up rocks, and then picking up more rocks. Despite all of the challenges, there have been some great rewards. One of those rewards is the opportunity to work with a number of true cowboys. These guys are the real dealboots, hats, scarves, and mustaches. But it isnt their attire that has impressed me most. Its their character, their work ethic, and the code by which they conduct themselves. In a book by James Owen, he calls this unwritten law The Code of the West. It is this law or code that makes cowboys stand out as a symbol of American culture and values. It is a tradition of hard work, resourcefulness, and perseverance. It is a life where a handshake is the law and where helping others takes priority over your own needs. It is a belief that is finishing what we have started is matched in importance only by making sure we help those around us finish what they have started. At West Ridge Academy, we focus on instilling these ideals in our students and in ourselves. A few years ago, we had a young man come to us who was heavily into drugs and alcohol. He was failing school and had become very angry toward society. His parents told us there was no reason they knew of that would bring this change. They had tried everything they could think of to help their son, but everything they did only seem to make things worse. Our therapist who was working with them listened very carefully to everything the boy and parents were saying until he realized what had happened. Finally, in a one-on-one session with the young man our therapist told him he knew he had been molested and that he was going to help him work through his pain. The therapist immediately called his parents and told them to come in quicklythat they had some urgent things to discuss. They came within a half hour of the call and sat with their son in the therapists office. As he told them what had transpired, they lovingly put their arms around him. Very few words were spoken during the next 30 minutes but much was said. The love and compassion expressed in that small office spoke volumes to this young man. He knew that he was loved and safe, and that he was no longer alone in his suffering. The next two years were not easy for this family. Although the perpetrator was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his crime, the young man and his family had a lot to work through. Thankfully, having found what was troubling their son, the family looked forward to a much brighter future. They were able to help their son end the good he had started before his life had been derailed. The Code of the West is a code that each of us can learn and apply to our lives today. We might not have to tend to a newborn calf at 3 a.m. on a cold winter night, but living a meaningful life requires a lot of hard work and courage. Maintaining a code or set of standards in our

  • families and daily activities requires loyalty and follow-through. As you read and ponder The Code of the West, I hope you might consider how to implement these principles in your own lives. We do this every day at West Ridge Academy. So, saddle up partner its time to cowboy up! 1. Live each day with courage 2. Take pride in your work 3. Always finish what you start 4. Do what has to be done 5. Be tough, but fair 6. When you make a promise, keep it 7. Ride for the brand 8. Talk less and say more 9. Remember that some things arent for sale 10. Know where to draw the line


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