On The Bricks

December 30, 2014

My father has been staying with me over the holidays and it’s a little freaky. My sleep habits are a bit odd and I find that they’re exactly like his. This morning at 4 am I went in to the kitchen and was having a cup of tea while playing my computer game. My father joined me. It was nice visiting with him but how many people do you know are visiting one another at 4 am? We’re both morning people and not nearly as enjoyable to talk to late in the evening.

Who did you miss over the holidays?

What did you do to honor them?

And remember to not be so focused on those you’re missing that you fail to enjoy those who are there.

I am such a creature of habit and I really do like order, so the holidays sort of disrupt my normal and beloved routine. But it is necessary to squash those selfish thoughts and take the time to relish the people we have and the time we have with them.

Hope you’re enjoying December as much as I am. And I pray you’re looking forward to 2015. I know it’s going to be a wonderful year. Because I’ve decided already that it is.

Do something new in 2015.

TRAVEL: Ever thought you wanted to travel but then convinced yourself you didn’t have enough money or enough time? Why not take a visit to Kenton and stay in one of the bed and breakfasts there? It’s a mere 90 miles and so gorgeous. You don’t have to be rich to enjoy traveling.

JOIN: Been thinking that you need to join a civic group? They all need you! I’m a Rotarian and we meet on Friday’s at noon. Want to join us? Call me at 338-6246 if you do. And I know the Lions Clubs (there are two) would love to have you, too. Or maybe you just want to get more involved in your church. Do it! Don’t wait. You’re losing out on blessings by not jumping on it.

“Be of service,” said Gillian Anderson. “Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co – worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”

ATTEND: There are a lot of things going on in the community that you might consider attending.

Leadership Guymon, a program through the Guymon Chamber of Commerce, is taking nominations for the 2015 program. It’s an awesome way to

learn more about your community and see ways to get involved. Need an application? Call Jada at 338-3376. If you have a business, consider sending one of your employees.

“I think leadership is service,” said Denise Morrison “and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.”

A few other hot dates you might ponder includes the Lunch with an Aggie on Jan. 2 at the Pub on the Bricks. Come and have lunch with the Aggie basketball kids (Dutch treat). Inspire … motivate … participate … enjoy.

The Lunch and Learn on Advocacy is Jan. 6 at noon in the Pub on the Bricks. Dutch treat and the lesson is a good one to learn especially if you are board member for an organization.

The Main Street Lunch Mob is hitting Ixtapa Restaurant on Jan. 8 at noon. That buffet is going to be mobbed. Anyone can join! All you have to do is pay for your own meal and enjoy the company.

Then on Jan. 17 the Main Street Cash Mob is going to be at Chris Urias Photography. That’s another mob you are welcome to join.

Citizenship classes start at the Guymon Public Library on Jan. 14. This includes free registration and materials in addition to free child care.

The library is also looking for volunteer English language tutors for two hours a week for one on one tutoring at the library. Call 338-7330 for both of these items.

One other thought for the new year … ever thought you needed to be an EMT? Help with the ambulance? Does your job allow you to be flexible for this? If so, consider calling the City Managers office or the Guymon Fire Department to find out more information.

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy,” said Rabindranath Tagore. “I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”

See you on the bricks!