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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 7 Just A Thought Revenge is never a good. reason to retain anger By RICK KRAFT impulsive response to a happen- Third, locate the focus of How do you deal with anger? How often does anger enter your life? Do you explode with anger at the drop 9f a hat? Do you have lingering anger that you are hold- ing onto? Author Gary Chapman wrote a series of Sunday. School lessons on working through an- ger. Lessons range from understanding anger to responding to anger to forgiving others' anger. If you were asked to give a definition of the word "anger," how would you define it? How you define it would reveal how it impacts your life. Anger is clearly a sense, an emotion, a feeling. Besides having a mental as- pect, anger causes a physical re- sponse. Mr. Chapman tells us. "The body's autonomic nervous system gets the adrenaline flow- ing. Depending upon the level of anger, any or all of the following may happen physically. The ad- renal glands release two hor- mones: epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (non-adrena- line). These two chemicals seem to give people the arousal, the tenseness, the excitement, the heat of anger. It is these physi- ological changes that give people the feeling of being over- whelmed by anger and being un- able to control it." Anger in most every case is something we don't plan out ahead.. It typically begins as an Rick Kraft Anjel Azaryah Anjel Haynes Keanna and Xayden Haynes are proud to announce the birth of their baby sister, Azaryan. She was born on February 23. 2010, at Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City, New Mexico. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her proud parents are Veronica Madrid and Michael Haynes. Azaryan is welcomed by all her family. ing or an event. What are things that make you angry? When is the last time you were angry? Can anger be positive? Sure. Anger by itself is not negative, it is the feelings that surround an- ger that generally make it bad news. Positive anger might result from learning of a social in- justice and making a decision to spend time and effort to correct the unfair condition. Anger can result from a moral judgment. The Bible tells us that God experi- ences anger. Of the 455 times the word "anger" appears in the Old Testament. 375 of these times it is referring to God's anger. Anger was put in us when we were created in God's image. I heard a speaker at a moti- vational seminar in Lubbock tell the audience that wishing harm on another is like pointing at them and then drinking poison your- self. Your anger for another causes more harm to you than it does to the other person. Sometimes the other person does not even know you are angry. How many min- utes and hours and days have you spent angry at another causing your quality of. life to drop when the other person isn't even think- mg of your negative feelings? Angry responses come in two forms, immediate impulsive anger and lingering over time anger. Neither is generally de- sired, Anger can lead to denial, withdrawal, and brooding. Many people have the prob- lem of an explosive anger. Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. Words once spoken can not be recalled. In the Bible at Proverbs 25:28 we are told, "A man who does not control his temper is like a city whose wall is broken down." Some people control others through their own anger. I was talking to a lady recently who hated to return a phone call be- cause the person she was calling was going to chew her out even though the lady about to make the call had done nothing wrong. She was put in a no win situation. One of the concepts Mr. Chapman wrote about is "Love draws you toward the person; an- ger sets you against the person." How should we deal with anger? Mr. Chapman gives us five steps. First. consciously acknowl- edge to yourself that you are an- gry. Like alcoholism, the first step in conquering the 'problem is to acknowledge that you have one. Many humans walk this planet in denial. Second, restrain your imme- diate response. Practicing this would avoid the explosive anger problem Instead .of shooting back. count to ten quietly to your- self or even out loud if necessary. Those first ten seconds are the most critical seconds not to re- act. your anger. What is it that causes your anger? If Adam and Eve had stayed away from the apple tree, they would not have been tempted to eat one of its apples. If pos- sible keep yourself out of the zone that causes your negative angei:. Determine what is the root source of your anger. Fourth, analyze your op- tions. If you do a ten count you will allow this solution to occur. Will showing anger only make the pending situation worse? Throwing fuel on a fire only re- suits in a bigger fire that needs to be contained. And fifth, take constructive action. Why not choose to pour water on the fire and put it out? We do have a choice as to how we respond. If the other person is right, why not acknowledge it and spend you time on some- thing more constructive. Often judging others results in lingering anger. In the book of Matthew, chapter 7, verses 1-2 we are told "Do not judge, so that you won't be judged. For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." We judge others by their actions, we judge ourselves by our inten- tions. It never ceases to amaze me how often we judge another and become angry without having all the information. Revenge is never a good rea- son to retain anger. In 1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 we are told "See to it that no one repays evil for evil to/myone, but always pursue what is good for one an- other and for all. Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ." The best way m handle lin- gering anger is to forgive. For- giveness releases you from the bondage of your past failures and gives you the freedom to make the most of the future. Forgive- ness is not a feeling; it is a com- mitment to accept the person m spite of what he or she has done. At Luke 17:3-4 we are told, "If your brother sins. rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a " day, and seven times comes back to you and says 'I repent: forgive hirri?, . - . . . , ..... . My challenge to you today is for you to objectively evaluate your anger and your ability to control it. Use the five steps above to work through anger issues you might have. Find an accountabil- ity partner or get counseling if your anger causes you to be regu- larly out of control. You have the ability to control your anger if you so choose - don't let your anger control you. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @kraftandhunter.com mail to: thekraftlawfirm @ aol. com or write to EO. Box 850, Roswell. New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy MARGARET MARTINEZ GOMEZ/Clifton and MARY HELEN MARTINEZ ESTRADA/ Lordsburg, from the collection of their Ite mother, Ramona Diaz Martinez The photo was taken in Lordsburg in the 1920s. The names of the baseball players, standing in front of an adobe building, are not known. Motel Drive named to "Ten Most Endangered Roadside Places" list Continued from Page 1 www.sca-roadside.org/ Additional Information on Endangered Places 1. Buckhorn Baths, Main Street, Mesa, Arizona Buckhorn Baths. a ten-acre oasis of palms, gardens and Span- ish bungalows, sits along Mesa's busy Main Street. a reminder of the town's former life as a desert resort community. Closed for over a decade, future restoration and reuse of the property is growing less likely as the surrounding area redevelops for commercial use. 2. California's Roadside Orange Stands , US Highways 66 and 99, California Before it was the Inland Em- pire, it was the Orange Empire. Long stretches of California US Highway 66 once passed through picture postcard landscapes of citrus orchards. Dotted along the stretches along a curving wall. Despite its architectural signifi- cance, the Kentucky Transporta- tion Cabinet may demolish this space-age rest stop. 4. Pig Stand Coffee Shop No.  41, Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas A horseshoe shaped build- ing, tinted purple and green, with an adjacent wavy carhop canopy, the Pig Stand Coffee Shop in Beaumont. Texas is a classic post- war drive-in. But for all of its neon and flying saucer design, the owner of the closed restaurant cannot find a new tenant, and has threatened demolition. 5. Motel Drive, former US 80, Lordsburg, New Mexico Motel Drive a strangely desolate strip of highway devoid ofoperating motels---defines, for better or worse, Lordsburg, New Mexico. At one end an aban- Highway 169. in the tiny town of Garrison, Minnesota is a pullout to a stone-edged rest area built by the CCC. Landscaped with mature trees and with a sweeping view across Mille Lacs Lake. and a more recent addition of a huge walleye sculpture, it is the town's only tourist attraction. Years of deferred maintenance have put the structure in a precarious posi- tion: urgent advocacy is needed to stabilize and restore the his- toric wayside. 8. Val Rio Diner, Pennsylva- nia State Highway 23, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania Fabricated in 1948, the Val Rio Diner sat at the intersection of Nutt Road and Bridge Street for 60 years, serving up food to residents and workers at the Phoe- nix Iron Company and local tex- tile'mills. Like many diners, it was shiny and silver, but distin- highway were fruit stands shaped doned caf6 annou,es "Trucker's guished by an unusual pattern of -lilY'dVsa-i'Crges.:Here tour= Beakfast, Onlt*:"$.O,-"a-tel'-long its ists could pick up a bag of fruit and delight to a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. With the widening of highways and spread of suburban growth after WW II, the orchards, along with their stands, soon disappeared. Now only a few are left scattered across California. 3. Clark County Rest Area, Interstate 64, Clark County Kentucky Like a mushroom, the 1-64 Clark County, Kentucky rest stop rises from a small knoll, sur- rounded by greenery. Designed in the early 1960s, it is wholly mod- em, with a folded plate roof and strong concrete and glass compo- sition. Inside the circular.space, a tile mosaic map of Kentucky other is a boarded up nightclub, exterior; what diner experts call and in between three miles of a "burnished disc pattern." It was, eviscerated motels, some missing roofs and others with their pools full of garbage. Things were dif- ferent before the interstate. Threat: Motel Drive contin- ues to decline, with only one motel offering overnight accom- modations. While the three-mile strip offers a. catalogue of mid- century roadside commercial ar- chitecture, the interstate directs travelers /and their business to another part of town. Advocate: Edmund Saucedo, 575-542-97t6 6. Dinosaur World, Arkan- sas State Highway 187, Beaver, Arkansas The sign at the entry of Di- as one Internet reviewer remarked. "a classic greasy spoon with hor- rible service." But progress, in the way of a new Walgreens, pushed it from its coveted location to a storage lot a mile away, where its sits with an unknown future. 9. Tex Randall, US High- way 60, Canyon, Texas Looking over US Highway 60. the big cowboy leans on his knee, staring at traffic with a be- mused smile. Constructed in 1959, Tex Randall---47' feet high and seven tons heavy--is a land- mark in the Texas Panhandle. But exposure, lack of maintenance and an unknown future is threat- ening the roadside giant., THANK YOU. Thanks to everyone who supported Eddie in his campaign for City Council. Mica Esquivel Sl000w C0mput00r??? Are you tired of bringing your computer in to be fixed over and over again? Get rid of MS Windows and install a operating system for just $32. ,Send check or money order to Bida-Ndee- Computers, P0 Box 520, Lordsburg, NM nosaur Wodd in northwest Arkan- sas announces the park is "CLOSED Until Further Notice?' And beyond, in a heavily wooded. 65-acre designed land- scape, nearly 100 prehistoric rep- licas remain unvisited. Closed for five years, the future of the "larg- est dinosaur park in the world" is uncertain. 7. Garrison Concourse, US Highway 169, Garrison, Minne- sota Sitting along a curve of US 10. 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