On The Bricks

February 12, 2021

          A giraffe’s coffee would be cold by the time it reached the bottom of its throat. Ever think about that? No. You only think about yourself.

          This makes me laugh. And laugh. And laugh. It is outrageous. But it is also true. Most of us spend a lot more time thinking about ourselves. To the point we even pay therapists so we talk more about ourselves.

          Now, I’m not saying that a bunch of us don’t need therapy, but it is a bit ironic, don’t you think?

          My family taught that when you are blue, it is best to help someone else and this will pull you out of your shadows faster than anything. It has worked for me for over 50 years.

          Keep your therapists, if you need them because it is good to work through our problems with someone who knows how to teach you to deal with problems. But throw in some helping others and let’s see what happens.

          Need some ideas?

          Heritage Community is where some of our elders live. They have been isolated from their families and friends for quite some time through COVID. But their caretakers are doing some fun things with them such as BINGO. Go shopping and get some fun prizes for them to use in their BINGO games. Things like word search puzzle books, pens and / or pencils, small note pads, air freshners, body spray / perfume / cologne, small bags to hold prizes, individual yogurt or chocolate covered raisins packages, sugar free candy packets, cheese and peanut butter cracker packets, etc.

          Go to the store and get some note cards or greeting cards and send cheery notes to people you love / you miss / you think have done a good job. Tell your kids they make you proud. Tell your neighbor you love their flowers and admire the work they do in their garden.

          It’s community clean – up time pretty soon. Go clean up your neighborhood alley. Walk the streets and pick up trash. My father is in his 80s and when it’s decent weather he walks his block and alley and picks up all trash. The walk makes him feel better and doing something for the good of all makes him feel better. Now you also know who taught me that doing something for others is important.

          Ask about volunteering in the community. If you want ideas on that, come by the Main Street office and we’ll talk.

          Work every day on being more positive and more helpful. Before you get out of bed think of one thing and thank God (or whomever you wish to thank) for that. Then several times during the day notice something that is beautiful, something you are thankful to have, to see, to be.

          Every morning when I drive to work I say a prayer for the Main Street Guymon members who support the organization and give me the opportunity to work with the community. I love my job. I know I would not have this job without those members and volunteers that make it all possible.

          Let’s do this. We can work on becoming a better person. And when we need a laugh … think about the giraffe and his coffee.

          The Career Focus is going great. We have 17 people in the class from Guymon, Hooker, Beaver, and Perryton. They are awesome! And they are working to become better people, better managers, and better employees. Say a prayer for each of them and for the wonderful local people who give their time to teach in the class.

          My board of directors is in the process of giving out the winners of our Main Street Guymon awards this month. I appreciate and thank each of those board members and committee chairmen who are doing the presentations since we are not having the meeting in person. I also thank God for each of the individuals and members who are getting the awards. They are helping Guymon be a better place to live and work and shop.

          Keep your head up and I’ll see you on the bricks!