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September 10, 2019

Recently asked what are some of the things I treasure, it was easy to answer.
I treasure being with my family and watching how well my kids get along. They communicate fairly well. They smile. They laugh. The love and acceptance is present. My heart swells at these times. And their children get along pretty well, too. Oh, don’t think they’re perfect … that is far from true and they all have distinct personalities, but for the most part, it is accurate.
I treasure waking up in the mornings and sitting down to enjoy a cup of coffee. That makes me happy because I know my world is really good when I have time to do this.
I treasure meeting new people and seeing new places for many years, but more and more it is my coffee and a good book at home. I love books. I love a stimulating conversation at the table. Not people telling me their opinions and trying to change mine, but the sharing of interesting information.
I treasure the Farmer’s Market for bringing people who are happy and smiling together weekend after weekend. Then when you add the contests like the Dog Parade it just makes me laugh and enjoy. The Baby Contest was fun to see so many people proud and happy. The Salsa Contest is fun and the Art Walk makes me appreciate the talent and work some folks have and do.
What do you treasure? What moments do you hope to hold in your mind for the rest of your life because they are so comforting and interesting to you?
What makes you happy?
Being around people who make laugh makes me happy.
Going to the beautiful Oslo Lutheran Church and seeing my family there makes me happy.
Having a job that is ever – changing and community – oriented, I love. And I get to meet some really great, giving people.
I love my life. It isn’t perfect. It isn’t the way I planned for it to be, but I love it.
And I love the Guymon Fiesta. The food and fun, the feeling of being somewhere other than Oklahoma abounds. I love it.
I hope that I’ll see you there enjoying it on Sunday afternoon and evening, too.
Catch you on the bricks!

September 5, 2019

When a leader loses the loyalty and support of the people that made them a leader there are several commonly accepted reasons as reported in an article entitled “Where Leaders are Made” of the July 2019 Toastmaster magazine. And they are reasons that we need to know and watch that we’re not falling into.

Complacency. Self – satisfied leaders believe they are doing the job the best it can be done, so why change? They avoid risk because it may result in failure, which can topple them from their pedestal. We need to remember that great opportunities are often clothed in risk.

Transference. Leaders can become enamored with authority and expect complete and instant compliance with their commands. They take credit for department successes but transfer the blame for failures. They don’t accept that employees’ failures are also their own.

Isolation. Some bad leaders are convinced of their omniscience, they see no reason to talk to and learn from their employees, who can offer useful perspectives. Some leaders trust only themselves instead of recognizing that, in a complex world, they must also trust many others to provide help to make the best decisions.

True exceptional leaders possess three types of awareness – (1) of themselves, (2) of others, and (3) of the broader environment – each of which enables them to lead more effectively. The same report notes that narcissistic individuals often succeed in gaining leadership roles but fail in performing the associated duties.

The answer to this problem is humility, the ability to respect and acknowledge employees’ contributions, rein in ego, and understand the need to listen – even when the message isn’t something they want to hear.

Success is seldom achieved alone. Humble leaders surround themselves with skilled people, then they delegate appropriately. They are not threatened by their employees’ expertise.

Humble leaders request and heed constructive feedback about their performance. They know they are not the only source of what is right. These leaders are comfortable in a setting in which it’s permissible to debate with a superior about ideas and plans.

Good leaders recognize and own their shortcomings and mistakes, large and small, and acknowledge them with sincerity and humility.

We can all improve our leadership (aka parenting and managerial) skills.

Another thing you might consider is signing up for the Career Focus Professional Development classes through Main Street Guymon. The classes start on Sept. 13 and they’re awesome. Call Melyn at 580-338-6246 for more information.

Mark the Guymon Fiesta on your calendar, Sept. 15 from 3 – 8 pm on the street at 5th and Main. Come by for some awesome food!

See you on the bricks.

September 3, 2019

Last week I encouraged everyone to take a day off from work and enjoy themselves on the day of my birth (Sept. 2 is my birthday). I noticed many did close shop and relax last Monday and I appreciate all those who got into the real spirit of the day.
When people are kind and caring to you, it makes your heart go soft, your eyes tear up, and you soul is humbled.
Then they have a surprise 60th birthday party for you at the Pub on the Bricks. A surprise to the extent that I was shocked. When I started opening the cards, the shock even went deeper. Almost traumatic.
“In horse years …” said the front of the card my brother, who traveled from Colorado to be there, said. “… you’re glue.”
You know, I thought growing old would take longer.
And my brother wasn’t content with the one card, but gave me another. “Just think …” said the front. “At your age, this might be the last birthday card you ever read.”
You see where the trauma was coming in? He should have given me a gift card for therapy as a present.
Don’t grow up. It’s a trap.
“You’re not old if you can still blow out all your birthday candles …” said the card my sweet children and darling grandchildren signed. “… without farting.” Oh my.
My dear friend Terry Brand gave me some very ummmm, unique, gifts along with a card that read, “Got you this designer birthday card for a fraction of what it would normally cost because it has a slight flaw in it. (open card) Merry Christmas!” Can’t fault anyone for saving a few pennies.
I loved the purple fly swatter with the big flower on it. But the unicorn horn headpiece really looking a little on the shady side. As did some other things in the sack (which all made me laugh). Terry spent some time finding those gifts, but she stayed frugal, which she knows I appreciate.
My father gave me a card (it was his birthday, too, by the way) that had an old hag on the front and it read, “Getting older has its advantages. (open card) Nobody wants to borrow your clothes.” This stems from my family always making fun of my fashion sense, or lack of it. It doesn’t help that my clothing is not the size of a normal persons, either.
You see, I broke up with my gym. We just weren’t working out.
I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink. Turns out it was the refrigerator.
Might as well be honest, being cremated is my last hope for a smoking, hot body.
My friend Jada and her husband, Robert Breeden, drove from Spearman to be there. Good friends like that are hard to find. The card Jada found for me said, “Oh please – don’t cry because you’re getting older … (inside) … cry because others are stupid and it makes you sad.”
That is funny. Especially since Jada and I every single day get phone calls from people wanting us to give them a phone number and we pick up our phone books and give them the number. Every. Single. Day. Are we the only people in town that know how to use a phone book these days? Makes me wonder.
Scientists say the universe is made up of protons, neutrons, and electrons. They forgot to mention morons.
If you can’t find your phone book and don’t understand the scientist’s statement, then all I can add is “I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.”
I’m not mean, I’m brutally honest. It’s not my fault truth hurts. Here’s a band aid.
So, at the table were my friends who don’t easily get their feelings hurt, who laugh easily, and who are the best people on this earth. It was a wonderful evening. Sitting next to me was my cousin Ronda Holt and we visited and visited. We think we’re funny.
Sitting next to Ronda was her husband, Kevin. He might have said five words all evening. He’s quiet. Across the table from him was Jason Hitch. He’s not loud or obnoxious, but sort of quiet, too.
There’s a shirt I should order for Robert Breeden, Kevin, and Jason. It says, “Introverts unite. We’re here. We’re uncomfortable. And we want to go home!” I am pretty sure that everyone of them was only at the birthday dinner because their wife told them they needed to be. Love them all!!
The shirt that I would buy for myself and Jada says, “You know that little thing inside your head that keeps you from saying things you shouldn’t? Yeah, I don’t have one of those.” In fact, quite a few of my friends have probably earned that shirt.
The birthday party was an evening of wonderment. Good friends. All my children at the tables, visiting with friends. My parents. The spouses of them all. Truly the thing that dreams are made up of.
My brother’s wife is the nicest person in our family and she gave me a card that said, “If you’re wondering how the years have gone by so quickly … it’s because time flies when you’re busy bringing happiness to others and making your own special mark on the world.” That is a sentiment that should be said to all those that came, many who took the time to call and send sweet notes.
Thank you to everyone that made my birthday special. May the Lord bless you and keep you and send love and kindness to you on your birthday, too.
See you on the bricks!

August 26, 2019

Last weekend had several good things going on. Hoping that you were able to take part in some of them.
Saturday morning’s Farmer’s Market was awesome. We only have September Saturday’s remaining to embrace the market. Took home some cucumbers, pumpkin bread, green beans, okra, and cantaloupe. Was too late to get some of Sarah Wiebe’s sour dough bread. It was difficult breaking that little bit of news to my dad.
Sue Smith called me last week and said that she appreciates the Farmers Market so much that she wanted to become a Main Street Guymon member. I love that! Not just that we’ll have a new member, but that someone appreciates what our volunteers are working so hard at doing. Thanks, Sue!
Then about half – way through the morning, there at the market was the Dog Parade, part of Main Street Guymon’s Meet Me at the Market events. What a great time. Charles White Insurance crew presented this event and there were some of the cutest dog costumes and dogs you ever saw. I smiled all the way home thinking of it. Main Street Guymon’s set the registration fee to go to the City of Guymon Animal Shelter, all $39 of it! And there was April Coble taking photos at the Dog Parade for the newspaper. Yep, working on Saturday. We appreciate you, April and the Guymon Daily Herald.
The Car Show happened that afternoon.
The OPSU soccer games took place that evening, with the girls winning their first game. I remember when we had soccer on the OPSU campus in the 70s. It was pretty exciting then. Most of the team was made up of students from Nigeria back then.
Then on Sunday I hope you all went to church. I tuckered out and missed church (which my kids said was excellent) and even missed the family lunch. Feeling old can be exhausting.
The Know Your Neighbor Event about Burma / Myanmar took place on Sunday and went really well. That was a Main Street Guymon event, sponsored by Seaboard Foods.
There were probably other things happening, too, like the feeding of the animals at the Game Reserve on Saturday morning.
We finished the weekend with a friendly game of six – point pitch, my twin son and daughter and I, on Sunday.
If you didn’t have a great weekend, then join us for some of our community events that are coming up!
The City of Guymon is showing a movie on the evening of Aug. 30 at Cross Park behind the YMCA on Oklahoma Street.
Farmers Market starts on Saturday morning, Sept. 7, and the Baby Beauty Contest begins at 10 (registration at 9:30) and presented by Golden Crown.
The Guymon Firefighter Ball is on Sept. 7 at Pickle Creek.
The Meet Me at the Market events on Sat., Sept. 14 are the Salsa Contest (who is the best salsa maker?) and the Art Walk.
Guymon Fiesta happens on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 3-8 pm at 5th and Main. Lots of great food vendors and things to do.
We all have an opportunity to participate in many community activities and each and every person that attended any of the recent event, thank you. And extra thank you and blessings sent to those who sponsored these events. You’re all keeping our community alive!

August 12, 2019

Someone came up with some life lessons that they felt should be posted in all schools and work places. The writer(s) then attributed the list to Bill Gates. This seems to be a lie, but the list is interesting, and I think I’ll share it.
Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it.
Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self – esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.
Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice – president with a car phone until you earn both.
Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.
Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity.
Rule 6: If you mess up, it is not your parent’s fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They go that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes, and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So, before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.
Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not.
Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life, people have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
It seems pretty obvious that the writer is someone older and pretty grouchy that wrote this. And probably someone that is very disappointed in their children or grandchildren. But there are some good points.
There are some young people who probably should read this, but I know some awesome young folks that know how to work and appreciate their parents. In no way does it seem to me that the majority of today’s youth are lacking.
The majority of people turn out pretty much they way they are taught and the way they are treated. But the one fact that cannot be altered is that we’re all different. And stereotyping all “those people” is not going to be accurate about everyone. Ever.
Let’s hope the information I have on upcoming community activities is more accurate than stereotyping.
The next Farmers Market, Aug. 17, includes a Pickle and Relish Contest. Bring your best and enter it up before 10 am and you might win $50 in Main Bucks! This all takes place at the market in front of the Texas County Courthouse at 4th and Main. See you there!
On Aug. 23 is the next Craft for a Cause which is a yard ball sign painting. BOP puts on the event, which is a fund raiser for the OPSU SOEA (not sure what that is) and costs $40 a person, but you get your yard sign and everything needed to make it, childcare, and drinks. This time it is at the OPSU Ballroom from 5 – 7:30 pm and you get 25% off of food. They do ask that you RSVP by Aug. 16. Call 580-468-3580 to do that. Did you know that BOP has given over $13,000 to the community through this program? Amazing! And that is the truth.
The 25th of August is the Know Your Neighbor program at the Guymon Public Library from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Safe Room. This program is a documentary about Burma and then we will hear from Mang Lien, who has been living in Guymon since 2009 (and who graduated from OPSU in 2015).
See you on the bricks!

August 10, 2019

For those of us that love to read and hate tossing a book away, here is a way to pass on your paperbacks.
Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that can help you share your gently – used paperback books to American troops overseas and veterans and military families here in the United States. Since 1999, over 2 million books have been shipped through this program.
Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veteran’s hospitals in the U.S., as well as USO centers at U.S. airport transit points. In 2112, they added a program to ship books to any military family.
You can go online to www.operationpaperback.org and click on the “send books” point and sign up to be a volunteer shipper. The volunteer shipper collects and ships their own books using the addresses they provide. The list they provide is generated by the genres you have to ship, and the program generates a customize address label to use. You label the books and insert their standard shipping letter or write one of your own. Pack the box, address it, and mail it off at the post office.
This is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization and donations are tax deductible.
And if you have children’s books, they can be donated to the Bus 6 program here in Guymon. If you have some, bring them on by the Main Street Guymon office and we’ll make sure they get to the right folks!
Talk about know, there is a program on the people from Burma (also knows as Myanmar) at the Guymon Public Library on Sunday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 3:30 pm. This is part of the Main Street Guymon program “Know Your Neighbor.” Guymon has a significant population of people who have been living in Guymon for a long time. It’s good to learn a little about why the people from Burma have chosen to move to the United States, and Guymon in particular.
The next day is Aug. 26 and the day the Diabetes Support Group meetings at the Heritage Community at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to attend this free support group that has a program each month.
Does it sometimes feel that you’re always being rejected? That everyone is always telling you “no?” You can also use these moments as learning tools. Go to www.rejectiontherapy.com and you’ll find Jia Jiang teaches individuals and organizations that the fear of rejection is usually more damaging than the actual experience. In fact, he believes that looking at rejection with open – minded curiosity can be an impressive catalyst for success.
That’s an interesting concept.
When you’re down in the dumps, you can also look at these 10 signs that show you’re doing pretty good in life.
1. You have a roof over your head.
2. You ate today.
3. You have a good heart.
4. You wish good for others.
5. You have clean water.
6. Someone cares for you.
7. You strive to be better.
8. You have clean clothes.
9. You have a dream.
10. You’re breathing.
Be thankful for the little things, for they are the most important.
I am thankful for each and every one of you that support Main Street Guymon, our local businesses, and our community.
See you on the bricks!

August 1, 2019

Today let’s just mess around with some Oklahoma trivia that is gathering dust in my “On the Bricks” folder.
Oklahoma is home to several exceptional athletes over the years. Mickey Mantle is a baseball player from Spavinaw, who hit his 500th home run on May 14, 1967, for the New York Yankees. That day he became the sixth player in baseball to hit 500 home runs or more.
Baseball catcher Johnny Bench, Binger, is also well – known; as is Time Magazine’s Athlete of the Century, Jim Thorpe from Prague; Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Troy Aikman, Henryetta; baseballer Dizzy Dean, Holdenville; and footballer Darrell Royal of Hollis.
Gymnast Shannon Miller moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, at six months of age. She is the most decorated U.S. gymnast, male or female, at the Olympic Games, with a total of 7 medals; she has 16 World Championships and Olympic medals between 1991 and 1996; is the second most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history; and the tenth most decorated gymnast from any country by her individual medal count.
Bertha Frank Teague was a basketball coach and the first woman inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
Oklahoma also has some well-known people in the arts. Ralph Waldo Ellison is an author from Oklahoma City best known for his novel Invisible Man, winner of the National Book Award in 1953.
Author Tony Hillerman is from Sacred Heart; Pultizer Prize winning poet John Berryman, Anadarko and McAlester; S.E. Hinton, author from Tulsa; columnist Argus Hamilton, Ardmore; and Louis L’Amour, Oklahoma City.
Maria Tallchief was an Osage dancer considered America’s first major prima ballerina. Born in Fairfax, Okla., she studied in Los Angeles, moved to New York City, spent five years with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo where she met choreographer George Balanchine who later co-founded what became the New York City Ballet in 1946, where this Oklahoma ballerina became its first star. She was the first American to perform in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Before retirement she served as director of ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Brad Pitt is an American actor, born in 1963 in Shawnee, who had a leading role in A River Runs Through It, Legends of the Fall, Seven, Fight, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and many more movies. He had as wives both Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie.
This year Quentin Tarantino delivers an Oklahoma one – two punch with his newest film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Pitt and featuring Oklahoma City native James Marsden as part of a sprawling ensemble cast exploring the film industry of the late 1960s.
Some other notable actors are James Garner, Norman; Ron Howard, Duncan; Ben Johnson, Pawhuska; Tony Randall, Tulsa; Gene Autry, Gene Autry and Sapulpa; Gary Busey, Tulsa; Kristin Chenowith, Broken Arrow; Joan Crawford, Lawton; Chuck Norris, Wilson and Ryan; and Donna Reed, Tulsa;.
TV host Phillip McGraw, “Dr. Phil” is from Oklahoma City. Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite also came from Oklahoma City.
Paul Harvey was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was an American radio broadcaster known for his famous The Rest of the Story segments. From the 1950s through the 1990s, his programs reached as many as 24 million people a week.
The most famous radio personality in the history of the United States was Will Rogers of Oolagah and Claremore.
Woody Guthrie is a famous Oklahoma folk singer and song writer born in 1912 in Okemah. His best-known song is This Land is Your Land. He wrote many songs about his experiences in the Dust Bowl and was nicknamed the Dust Bowl Troubadour.
A few other singers include Garth Brooks, Tulsa; Vince Gill, Norman; Reba McEntire, McAlester; Roy Clark, Tulsa; Charlie Christian, Oklahoma City; David Gates (Bread) from Tulsa; Leon Russell, also from Tulsa; and Blake Shelton, Ada.
Cartoonist Chester Gould was from Pawnee. He drew the Dick Tracy comic from 1931 to 1977.
Air and space travel includes some famous Okies. Astronaut Thomas Stafford was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma, and flew on the Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz missions. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and is known for the “Handshake in Space” with Russian cosmonaut Alexei Lenov.
Other Oklahoma astronauts are Gordon Cooper, Shawnee and Tecumseh; Owen Garriott, Enid; Shannon Lucid, Bethany; and John Herrington.
Aviation pioneers Paul and Thomas Braniff were from Oklahoma City.
Outlaw Pretty Boy Floyd is from Akins and Sallisaw; and Outlaw Belle Starr is from Eufaula.
Financier J. Paul Getty is from Tulsa.
The two largest airports in Oklahoma are named after two famous Oklahomans who were both killed in airplane crashes. Will Rogers Airport in OKC and Wiley Post Airport in Tulsa.
Carl McGee of Oklahoma City and Tulsa invented the parking meter.
Bill Pickett of Ponca City is considered the inventor of bull dogging.
Oklahoma has a rich history full of notable people and places.
See you on the bricks!

July 23, 2019

There are few dreams that I recall having … and even fewer nightmares. Pretty much all of them have snakes in them. And they often happen after seeing or reading about snakes. Seems there is a very deep – seated fear in me of those slithering reptiles.
Recently my father gave me his latest Smithsonian magazine to read, which I enjoy. Lots of great articles in those bi – monthly magazines.
The July – August issue had the very lengthy story entitled “Bounty Hunters and Biologists Wade Deep into the Everglades to Wrestle with the Invasion of Giant Pythons Threatening Florida’s Wetlands.” Holy Toledo, Batman, reading that article may have scarred me for life.
The article had statements such as, “Given the python’s survival advantages, they will never be eliminated.” Just what I wanted to hear.
It also told us, “No one knows how many pythons are out there now. Estimates run from 10,000 to perhaps hundred of thousands. A problem with trying to count them is that they’re what scientists call ‘cryptic’ – hard to detect. Their black – brown – tan camouflage fits perfectly in the marsh, as well as in the higher sandy ground that makes up another part of their range. They are good swimmers and can stay underwater for half an hour or more.” Oh, Lord help us.
Some of the snake hunters use their feet in the water to search for the pythons. That is a nightmare in itself.
Here’s another quote to take from the article, “Twelve thousand five hundred pounds of Burmese pythons have come through that door (speaking of the lab) in the last six years. And we caught all of them within 55 square miles around Naples. The Everglades ecosystem is about 5,000 square miles. Consider that fact when you’re wondering how many pythons might be in the Everglades.” Oh, I’m considering … lots of things.
In a part of the story, they describe the how one python female had 43 eggs in her. Yep, that’s really scary. Every female has over 40 babies a year?
Really want me to continue sharing?
How about, “Now that the snakes have devastated the population of smaller animals, they appear to be moving to larger ones. … pictures he had taken last year of a python in the process of swallowing a fawn. The python weighed 31 pounds, the fawn weighed 35.” Yikes.
“…I heard some of Donna’s snake – hunting stores – about the python she caught that, when she cut it open, had a domestic cat in its stomach, and about the huge python that came at her with fangs bared and she shot it and it got away … and about the one she caught and then let go of its tail, so she could answer her phone, and in that moment the snake slipped its tail around her neck and started squeezing and would have strangled her if the friend who was riding with her hadn’t pried it off.” Oh, my heavens.
And I haven’t even told you about the photos in the article.
Scarred. I will never be the same.
Nor will I ever visit the Florida Everglades. Ever.
Enjoyed sharing with you today.
Enjoy your summer and I’ll see you on the bricks!

July 19, 2019

Summer is the time for class reunions. And some reunions have some real surprises for us.
You get me?
Harvey Deutschendorf wrote, “For much of the 20th century, we assumed the person who was the smartest, or had the highest IQ, would be the most likely to succeed. That’s what everyone thought when I went to school. However, after attending our high school reunions, many of us realized this wasn’t always the case.
“Of course, having a high IQ – receiving a high score on an intelligence test – is still a good thing. But social scientists now confirm that strong social skills are a key element to success and that humans are born with the potential for EI (emotional intelligence). This inborn capacity may be damaged or highly developed, depending on a person’s life circumstances and experiences. However, the wonderful thing about EI is that with work and awareness, we can rebuild or enhance EI regardless of our backgrounds.
“In 1990, two American professors, Peter Salovey and John Mayer, coined the term “emotional intelligence” to identify a type of self – awareness they believed had greater influence on human behavior and life outcomes than pure brain power.
“In 1995, a science journalist Daniel Goleman expanded on the concept in his seminal work, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ. The book was a fixture on bestseller lists for nearly two years and was translated into 40 languages. Among other insights, Goleman notes three levels of EI: (1) recognizing the emotions of others; (2) feeling what others feel; and (3) understanding others’ motivations and emotions so well that a respectful, trusting connection develops.
“… Goleman’s book says in essence ‘your intelligence can come to naught when emotions hold sway.’
“… Harvard recently released results from a 75 – year study, looking for the single most important and reliable predictor of happiness. The answer? Our connections with others ….”
Deutschendorf proceeds to explain in this article in the July 2019 Toastmaster magazine, the importance for EI of Listening; be fully present, put yourself in their shoes, let the speaker know you understood, practice active listening, and curate curiosity.
Lofty personal goals in that short paragraph, but ones that make sense.
You get me?
One thing that is true, in my opinion, is that I can always improve myself. Lots of room for that! And life is more interesting when we have challenges.
Hope your days are filled with happiness and fun challenges to meet.
See you on the bricks.

July 15, 2019

You ever have those days that you just wake up and you aren’t really fit company for anyone? Nothing has gone wrong out of the norm, you aren’t sick, you just need to be away from people because you’re not feeling very friendly. Those days happen and then you read something like this on Facebook:
“I went to the Walmart today, and I was there for literally five minutes. When I came out, there was a state trooper writing a parking ticket for being parked in a handicap spot.
“So, I went up to him and said, ‘Come on, buddy, how about giving a guy a break?’ He ignored me and continued writing the ticket. So, I called him a pencil-necked cop. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for worn tires!
So, I then asked him if his psychiatrist makes him lie face down on the couch cause he’s so ugly.
“He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first. Then he started writing a third ticket. This went on until he had placed five tickets on the windshield … the more I insulted him, the more tickets he wrote.
“I didn’t care. My car was parked around the corner.”
How in the world can you have a frown on your face after reading something like that?
Here’s one I read in Reader’s Digest: “My boss told me to have a good day. So, I went home.”
That’s what I’m talking about … funny.
Here’s another recent read that sums it up pretty well, “Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and only see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude is a key component to joy.”
My life is blessed by the many friends and acquaintances I have with a great sense of humor and who share positive thoughts and ideas. For these folks I am grateful, and my life is blessed to no end. Smiles abound.
Share the smiles and gratitude and consider attending some of these community happenings:
The Children’s Back to School Health Fair is July 18 at the Texas County Activity Center from 4 to 7 pm. Lots of fun things, free hot dog meals, free back to school supplies and much more.
The City of Guymon Free Movie Night at Cross Park (behind the YMCA) is Sat., July 19, with the movie starting when the sun goes down. It’s a Luau Night and the movie is “Moana.” There are also food vendors and fun happening before the show.
Barn Quilt Door Sign and Punch creative project class is Fri., July 26 at 7:30 pm in the American Legion building. The cost is $40 per person and you take your beautiful art project home with you. The entire $40 is donated to Kid’s Inc. because the supplies and refreshments are paid for by Bank of the Panhandle and childcare is provided at the YMCA for 6 months to 12 – year – olds. That’s a heck of a deal … and it’s a great example of folks working together to make Guymon a great place to live and work.
Don’t forget the Guymon Farmers Market is happening every Saturday morning in front of the Texas County Courthouse, starting at 8 am.
It’s a good place to be, in Guymon, Oklahoma.
See you on the bricks!

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