On riding a dead horse...

Statue of St. Wenceslas Riding a Dead Horse by David Cerny

To those who arriving here via a search for "Wenceslas riding a dead horse!"

I had a delightful coffee hour this morning with some colleagues in ministry and one of our number shared this bit of wisdom which I've tweaked for our own corner of the vineyard...

Lakota tribal wisdom says that whenever you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, in the church we often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

- Buy a stronger whip.

- Change riders.

- Say, "This is the way we've always ridden a dead horse."

- Declare, "No horse is too dead to beat."

- Study alternative uses for dead horses.

- Require all parishes to have a dead horse.

- Visit other parishes to see how they ride a dead horse.

- Run a workshop to increase sensitivity to dead horses.

- Provide funding to increase the performance of dead horses.

- Harness several dead horses together for increased speed.

- Appoint a diocesan committee to study dead horses.

- Cluster parishes to share the benefits of dead horses.

- Promote a dead horse to a position of authority.


  1. awesome. gave me a good chuckle at the end of a long day. Much like corporate America's dead horses.

  2. Too funny! Much better to laugh at some of the dead-horse situations we find ourselves in than to cry or rant or rave. Laughter is good for the soul. Dead horses for the most part end up in the glue factory. A favored few, like Secretariat, rest in the Kentucky Blue Grass Country and have lots of admirers come to pay their respects. But he was an extraordinary horse, who became an extraordinary dead horse. I seem to have gotten a bit off track. No pun intended.

  3. Touche!! I am just never able ro sort the dead horses from the sacred cows!!!


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