Duck Dynasty: Wisdom Like No Other


Jase, Si, Willie, and Phil

Today I’ve decided, while I’m catching up on laundry and other chores around here, I’ll also catch up on one of my favorite shows – Duck Dynasty. If you’ve not seen the show, I highly suggest you look it up online and watch it. It’s not available on Netflix, but there are sites out there that will allow you to watch it for free. New episodes can be seen on A&E.

duck-dynasty-phil-burning-down-beaver-damThe show is about the Robertson family. Just a bunch of Louisiana rednecks who love to partake in redneck activities. Phil Robertson started a company called Duck Commander; making duck calls and other products for duck hunters. That company has since grown into a multimillion dollar company; with Phil’s son, Willie, as the CEO. Willie is torn between doing what is best for the company and his redneck roots. His family never wants to be in the shop and instead, always want to be hunting, fishing, or tearing up beaver dams. They’ve got quite the hatred for those furry little critters.

I don’t understand how anyone couldn’t like this show. It is full of wisdom, humor, and valuable life lessons all at the same time. Not that I would expect anything less from a group of bearded gents. At the end of each episode, they show the Robertson family all sitting around the dinner table; something that is missing from a lot of family’s lives these days with all the hustle and bustle of every day life. After Phil leads the prayer, Willie then gives a bit of a recap of that particular episode, and shares with us a little something he’s learned during the day. During an episode in season one, Willie shares this with us:

duck prayer“People are nature’s number one creature of habit. We tend to get comfortable, stuck in our ways, and fear change. We like to hold onto old things, in order to hold onto old memories. When usually, they keep us from making new ones. Sometimes you’ve got to bite the bullet and make a clean break from the past to start a fresh beginning.”

I willfully admit that I am a creature of habit. I worked at the same place for 10 years. I could make that drive to work with my eyes closed – in the pitch black. I followed the same routine nearly every day. I was comfortable with doing what I had always done. It wasn’t getting me anywhere, but I was stuck in my ways. There was a (false) sense of safety in that. I knew that if I always did what I had always done; I would always get what I had always gotten. And that wasn’t much, but it was a job. Getting terminated might possibly have been the best thing to happen to me in the last 10 years! It’s forced me well out of my comfort zone.

Being forced out of that comfort zone has also caused me to get rid of a lot of things. Which, as Willie put it, was causing me to hold onto a lot of memories. Memories that were more crippling than they were helping to me and my pursuit of happiness. I guess this was me biting the bullet. Making a clean break from the life that I’ve lived for the past 10 years. Like they say, “Out with the old, in with the new.” I’m more welcoming to change now than I ever have been. It’s kind of crazy to think that a Midwest fella such as myself could be learning the same lessons as a multimillionaire redneck from Louisiana. That just goes to show that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, in the end, we’re all the same. We just have different versions of the same story.


About John Shue

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5 Responses to Duck Dynasty: Wisdom Like No Other

  1. Jess says:

    Yours is a very positive response to a negative incident in your life (I went back to read your terminated post). Being terminated sucks but what you lose in terms of security, you gain in terms of freedom. Writing seems to be your talent – maybe you can do something with it that will pay you.? Who knows. The options are endless.

    • Jess says:

      Oh! P.S. I will try Duck Dynasty. Looks like fun and wisdom wrapped up in a strange package.

      • John Shue says:

        Thanks, Jess. I try to remain positive as much as humanly possible. Negativity seems to have a way of festering and multiplying into something that’ll tear your very fabric of being. You’re right, being terminated sucked (and still does), but the sense of liberation I have is indescribable. My doctor said that job was literally killing me. The hours, the nature if the job, the stress from the job; it was all conspiring to kill me. Even though I’m still unemployed, I’m less stressed about things now than I was when I worked there.

        I’m nowhere near as good a writer as some of the greats, but what a dream come true it would be if I could get paid for doing this (writing.) I can see myself, sitting in an over-the-water hut in Bora Bora, writing about life and being paid to do it! Truly living the dream!

        You should definitely give Duck Dynasty a look. Episodes are between 20-25 minutes each. Just a word of warning though, they are addictive! 🙂

  2. Jess says:

    Termination=liberation for you. it will all work out. seriously you are a really good writer-Bora Bora could happen. (I picture myself in a cabin in Maine, overlooking the Atlantic, living the writing dream. :).). Hey, crazier things have happened.

    • John Shue says:

      When you make it to Maine, I’ll respectfully request a signed copy of your book. 🙂 And likewise, once I finish my book: Memoirs of Shue – Life and Times Full of Awesomesauce, I’ll send you a signed hardcover copy! 🙂

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