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December 23, 2014

There is a chance that I am turning into one of those older ladies that I have made fun of for many years. I realized that for at least the past five years my gift to my mother and my gift to my father have been used audio books that I buy off ebay. And one of the gifts to my kids was a used book … oh, wait, there were two of those. They were really NICE books, though.

So have I turned into “that lady” yet? Maybe not. I guess I’ll keep trying.

To make it worse, the other day I forgot to turn my car off, coming back in to the office and working until someone told me my lights were still on. So was the engine. That’s odd.

Sometimes we really need to take a look at ourselves and reflect on what is really coming out of our mouths. We need to be honest about how we are acting, talking, being. This can go many ways.

Just because you didn’t get enough sleep last night doesn’t give you license to be rude to someone. My father drove all the way down from Denver and is visiting. He even fixed my patio light. And because I didn’t sleep well, I was short and rude when I got off work. I needed to be smacked and woke up.

There was a certain someone also complaining about having to get the house ready for Christmas holidays. Really? I know people who don’t have any family to spend the holidays with. Nobody bringing turkey. There are people who have to work both Christmas Eve and Christmas. Put that down with the whiner and see if it changes your perspective.

Get right with Jesus.

Take a look at how you’re thinking and put yourself on the right track. Quit being so busy giving other people advice … take care of yourself. If we all took cares of ourselves, then it would be so much better.

It is easier for women than men, I do believe. Oliver Herford said, “A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s; she changes it more often.”

Stick up for someone. Standing by and saying nothing is ok, but sticking up for someone that is being bashed (whether correctly or not) is better. Be brave. Be strong. Be real.

“Never be bullied into silence,” said Harvey Fierstein. “Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

Some of the Transformers helped with the Christmas Basket project that the Methodists head up. Wow. That is one fine tuned operation. Normally I can stop and see where someone is lagging and sort of, kind of, help for a bit. They had all

their bases covered. Lots of people helping, lots of drivers … could always be more, though! I think when you have a retired UPS guy giving the directions, you have set a new standard. Connie Taylor, you and your crew do a great job.

Have you ever wanted to serve the people of Guymon as an EMT? That’s the person in the ambulance with you … maybe keeping you alive. Maybe keeping you kalm. If you have, go and talk to the Fire Chief or the City Manager. I heard they will even help those who are serious (and good investments) to pay for the schooling. Make a mark. Do good.

Remember what Jim Rohn said, “Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness – great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy.”

See you on the bricks!