Do you have good bones?
Double M, the ranch Clint works for, has been operated by the same family for multiple generations. There's a reason that they've last as long as they have - not only are they excellent cattlemen and cattlewomen, but they are efficient with their resources.
Not much gets thrown away, or discarded without thought. When we bring in a newborn calf from a pasture that needs a little extra care, we use the same calf sled that was built and used in the 1950's. It has a newer chain, but the frame is the same. The TECO calf chute the ranch uses to brand calves is the same one that's been used for the last 40-50 years. It gets welded on and repaired each year a bit, but the original chute is the same.
So when the decision was made to re-tin the outside of a barn that was a bit older and needing some repair work, it came as no surprise. There wasn't a question of whether the barn would come down. It still had good bones and was structurally sound...it just needed a bit of a facelift.
We can change a lot about ourselves on the outside;
Get a new haircut, buy new clothes, drive a new car...
But at the end of the day, it's about what's on the inside.
Our character, our values, our morals;
They don't usually change as easily or rapidly.
So it's important to make sure they're good.
Of course we all have our imperfections - a sagging beam, a split board, an imperfect angle. A sharp word, comment better left unsaid, deed wished undone. But those who can age gracefully, and with purpose usually stand the test of time.
They have good bones.
It's about what is on the inside.
If you don't have good bones, the rest usually doesn't hold up.
But when you do - your legacy lives on.