Michael's Monthly Column "Throwing My Loop"
Throwing My Loop…
By: Michael Johnson
You have to do that a lot.
Knock, I mean. You gotta’ knock a lot. Sounds simple
enough, and we all claim to know that. My grandma taught me
that. When I was about eight or so, one of my favorite
activities involved sitting and listening while she read her
Bible aloud. On one occasion, she read, “And Jesus said, ‘Ask,
and it shall be given to you; seek, and you will
find; knock and the door will be opened unto you.”
If we can just learn that one
thing, we do better. The secret is to let the knowledge
seep down into our bones that we must try, and when we fail,
we must try again. Easy to say, hard to do. When we fail,
we become embarrassed and we want to stop. Our first
inclination is to remove ourselves from the humiliation.
But those who succeed don’t.
I called a man once and told
him my troubles. “Mr. Joe, my business is failing – my
dream is in trouble. They say you can help me,” I said.
Looking back on my experiences, I see those early failures were more than just failures. Rather, they were necessary steps – they were teachers! During those times, I learned how to drive across America and not get lost, to wash my truck just before arriving, and to keep my pressed shirt hanging in the back to be put on five minutes before the scheduled meeting. And most importantly, I learned Mr. Joe was right. In the beginning of any endeavor, we fail a great portion of the time – perhaps even 90 per cent of the time! But that 10 per cent is far better and far more than we think. That 10 per cent will keep you alive. That 10 per cent gives us hope that the thing can be done.
In 2005 and 2006, I roped
better than ever in my life. In the spring of 2007,
something happened, and I don’t know what…just lost it.
Just as I was feeling there was some permanence and
consistency in my delivery and style of roping – just as my
horses were hitting their stride - something happened. I
entered what all hitters, golfers, and ropers dread with a
passion – a slump! I knew there was nothing to do but rope
my way through it, and that’s what I have tried to do. For
twelve long months I have been unable to do that.
I’ll do all those things
because I know something to be true. Regardless of the task
we are attempting - if we continue to try – good days come
’round again. Helpers come along to aid us on our journey.
Whether we are doing math, selling a product, hitting a golf
ball, or roping a steer - if we are open – we will have a
time when things go up instead of down…when the darkness
turns to light. If we listen, work, and try, our skill
increases, relationships grow, we correct our mistakes, and
the thing we desired comes into the world.
We can’t …but the Spirit can.
loudly and long enough at the gate…
Ed. Note – Just two days after this article was submitted, Michael went to yet another roping. On March 15th, he roped in an invitational ten-header. He won first place.
Ed. Note – Michael Johnson’s Healing Shine – A Spiritual Assignment was named “Best Audio Book” of the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival, and “First Runner-Up” at the 2007 New York Book Festival. Read more of the author’s seven-year spiritual journey with the great – but severely troubled - roping horse called Shine at michaeljohnsonbooks.com
Michael's latest release, Reflections Of A Cowboy, is currently available in audio book form. The two volume set consists of articles, essays and excerpts from radio performances about good people and good horses in the life of an Oklahoma cowboy. Approximately 8 hours in length. Reflections Of A Cowboy in printed form is scheduled for release in the summer of 2005.