On The Bricks

February 1, 2021

          To try each day to be a better person than you were yesterday can be a challenge. But the things you do to improve don’t really have to be big.

          Tip your server better. Return your shopping cart. Pick up a piece of trash. Hold the door for someone behind you. Let someone into your lane.

          Small acts can have a ripple effect and can change the world.

          Main Street Guymon is starting their Career Focus, a professional development course for people wanting to improve themselves in their workplace, this week. We have 15 people who are attending. They are employees from Dizzy B’s, First National Bank of Hooker, Golden Mesa Casino, PCHC, PTCI, TCEC, and Urban Bru. All businesses that have chosen an employee(s) to invest in this year.

          This program is a personal favorite of mine. We have local people who come in and share what they know. Every single one of them has something we should all learn. We started Career Focus in 2015 and I have attended almost all of the sessions. Some of the sessions have been held every year and yet I learn something every year.

          If we think we have nothing to learn, no way to improve who we are, we probably are either really arrogant, really boring, or ready to kick the bucket because things can ALWAYS get better, as can we.

          Here’s something I read on the internet that gives a harsh lesson to us as Christians:

          “A man went to church. He forgot to switch off his phone and it rang during prayer in church. The pastor scolded him. The worshippers admonished him after prayers for interrupting the silence. His wife continued lecturing him on his carelessness on the way home. His face showed the shame, embarrassment, and humiliation for his mistake.

          “After that day, he chose to not go back to church.

          “That same evening, he went to the bar. He was still nervous and trembling. He spilled his drink on the table by accident. The waiter apologized and gave him a napkin to clean himself. The janitor mopped the floor. The manager offered him a complimentary drink. She also gave him a huge hug and a peck while saying, ‘Don’t worry. Who doesn’t make mistakes?’

          “He has continued going to that bar since that time.

          “Lesson: Sometimes our attitude as believers drives people away from Jesus. You can make a difference by how you treat people, especially when they make mistakes.”

          Let’s all improve ourselves together.

          Shop and Dine is on Feb. 4 from 4 – 7 pm in downtown Guymon. The best part is artist Leyla Bello’s reception at SPC WOW Boutique. It is a great time to stop by and meet her and see the cards she has for sale there. And you can sign up for the Shop and Dine prize, too!

          Eggs and Issues is a morning we can come together and learn what is currently happening from our politicians. It’s a great morning at Hunny’s at 7 am on Feb. 5.

          Pangaea is an evening when we can learn more about our neighbors in the community. It is happening on Tues., Mar. 9 at 6 pm in Pickle Creek. Main Street Guymon will have tickets to sell soon.

          And mid-March is when we start working for our Community Clean – Up. Do you have some folks willing to do 30 minutes to an hour of clean – up with you?

          Hope to see you on the bricks!