On The Bricks

March 13, 2018

Lately it seems my form to be pontificating to you all. And that isn’t always appreciated. So, no lecture at all with today’s words. Just sharing of information. Most of it good information. The last couple columns haven’t included upcoming events and calendar items, so I’m going to share those and, also, some of the quotes that I’ve seen and stashed recently. If they sound like a lecture, you’re just being overly sensitive because they are meant to encourage.

The Love Does Drawing for the pork chops, ribs, and steaks donated by Seaboard Foods and National Beef is Mar. 16 at 4 pm in the Main Street Guymon office at 116 NE 5th Street. Those who have given to the fund for school lunches are in the drawing. It is interesting to me the number of people who came in with a check or money because when they were students, they felt embarrassed about being on special / different lunch cards. One lady said, “My mom was a single mom and she worked all the time ….” Some things stick with us and it is a shame that adults still feel that hurt. And it continues to happen to kids today. So, if you want to help, come by the Main Street office or call Jim Norris at 580-651-1018. You can make checks out to Main Street Guymon.

Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress.

TCEC is going out into the community with their Co-op Connections at Whispering Bliss on Mar. 22 from noon to 1 pm. You can use your Co-op Card for a 20% shopping savings while you’re there! And sign up to win a $100 gift certificate. It’s fun. And remember there is parking in the back, too.

Leadership is not about a title or designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers.

Being bi-lingual is a wonderful skill to have. Always wishing I had a second language, I tend to wish and yet not work at it. But there is help if you want to be. Start maybe with the Bilingual Storytime for Kids at the Guymon Public Library from 1:00 – 1:45 pm. You’ll have to take a 5 – year – old or younger to qualify, but there are plenty who would love some special time like this!

“Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

Sometimes we need the help of our legislators and it is important to set that in motion before you need the assistance. Be proactive instead of reactive. Quit posting on facebook and talk to people who actually can help. Be a part of the group traveling to the Oklahoma City Capitol through the Chamber’s Panhandle Day at the Capitol on Mar. 26 and 27. Call Jada and find out more at 338-3376. There’s even a bus that takes us all … join up!

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

Mark Mar. 29 on your calendar for the Workforce Oklahoma Open House at 304 E 4th in Guymon. It is happening from 10 am to noon and they would love to have you come in!

“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more?” ~ Roy T. Bennett

April is our major Community Clean – Up month each year. This year we have several opportunities for you to pitch in and help, if you’re so inclined. There is a work day to spruce up the Texas County Fairgrounds on Sat., Apr. 14. You can be part of the 9 – 11 am crew or the 11 – 1 pm crew. Lunch is offered for the volunteers. There’s painting and painting and painting and cleaning up happening that morning. Call Main Street Guymon at 338-6246 for more information.

We also have Apr. 21 and Apr. 28 Community Clean – Up days planned. And consider giving 30 minutes and just cleaning up your own alley. Walk down and do a good job for you and your neighbors. Be part of this great effort!

Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

See you on the bricks!