Daniel Boone: (N) 1734–1820, an American pioneer, especially in Kentucky.
There’s a lot of things that can be said about Daniel Boone.
Like many historical figures, I don’t know if any of us would be comfortable sitting down and having a conversation with him, nor trying to adjust to his particular interpretation of hygiene.
It is a blessed realty that we are better off enjoying the deeds of our forefathers instead of actually having to put up with their attitudes.
But there are several things I like about Daniel Boone.
When he was floatin’ around, the frontier didn’t go any further than Kentucky. Beyond that was considered Indian country—and therefore, no need to cause trouble, since there was good land right under his feet.
I like that about him.
Something I could learn from Mr. Boone:
Stop complaining about where I am, thinking that a change of residence would do me better.
The second thing about old Daniel was that he shot, gathered and ate what was available to him.
I understand that a healthy diet is important, but sometimes, for a variety of reasons, the things we want to eat are not immediately accessible.
So if Daniel came across a bunch of rabbits, he was suddenly a great fan of bunny.
A whole bushel of wild blackberries could temporarily turn him into a vegetarian.
And he grew what the ground would allow.
The final thing about Daniel Boone that touches my heart is that he was encompassed by Native Americans—who were there long before he was. History tells us that Daniel chose to get along with them instead of trying to kill ’em all off. Matter of fact, he made friends with some of them. The natives became his buddies. They respected his frontier ability and were grateful that of the white people they had encountered, he seemed to be least offensive.
Many of the white men who joined him in Boonsboro married up with the Native Americans and didn’t feel they were slumming at all.
Now there’s three things I can learn:
- Enjoy where you are and at least pretend it’s where you want to be.
- Eat what’s available to you.
- And get along with the people and creatures who are your neighbors.
I will guarantee you—if you do this, just like Old Daniel Boone, you can make the history books.