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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014 7 Just A Thought A Picture From The Past iKReAVF! By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Ach ng the quest of financial security __Tn O_ mor/ m By RICK The law of the'harvest ap- vertisers love to put in front of us In the lives we live we all basically want the same things: happiness, health, and financial security. But with these as targets, many of us miss the mark. There is often a large gap between what we want and what we are willing to do to accom- plish what we want. What is in our heads does not always play out in our actions. And it does no good to think, think, and think without taking action. Thinking without ac- tion equals nothing. Thinking and action can bridge the gap be- tween wanting to hit the mark and hitting or at least landing RickKraft close to the mark. Accomplishing happiness is based upon the attitude we live with. Two people can move through their lives with virtually identical circumstances with one being happy and the other being miserable. Why? Because of the attitude that each chooses to take. But this is another column. Accomplishing health is based on living life with healthy choices. I shared about this aspect of our world in last week's cot- umn. For today I will focus on achieving financial security. A simple concept that is at the core of obtaining financial security is the taw of the harvestl Let's take two farmers who both set out to grow the same crop. It comes planting time. One works hard sweating in the hot sun to get the seed in the ground. The other decides to stay indoors, be lazy, and not plant his crop. A week later both farms look the same. The immediate visible re- sults are indistinguishable• Day after day passes with both farms appearing identical. For a period of time, looking in from the outside, we cannot ob- serve any difference between the farm of the ambitious farmer and the farm of the lazy one. But in time an interesting thing happens. The farmer who planted wakes up ,one day and sees the harvest of his labor pop- ping up out of the ground all across his land. In time the crop pays dividends for his previous efforts. The fruits of his labor can put food on the table for his fam- . ily or can put resources back for a future "rainy day." plies across the board in the field of financial security. In most as- pects of our lives we don't have immediate consequences. Action and time result in a bountiful har- vest. Action without time or time without action doesn) result in any harvest at all. We want life to be fair, but finances don't follow the law of the fair. We were each born into this world to a predeter- mined family, some of whom have more resources than oth- ers. We leave the home and look at others who have more and think life is not fair. When this • situation arises, how about looking inward rather than outward? This is the way most problems are solved. Doing the best you can with the hand that is dealt you is better than passing judgment on others who have had an easier jomney. When it comes to finances, we often don't want fair, we want results that favor us. We want to be able to buy a lottery ticket and to have instant wealth'. But even though everyone wants financial security, we often sabotage ourselves. It takes sac- rifice, discipline, and time to get from point A to point B. Where you are today is no accident. It is the cumulative to- tal of many decisions, both big and small. You don't just wake up one day with a doctorate de- gree or in a bankruptcy. You don't just wake up one day with a se- cure job position or without any retirement. Each of these, good or bad, is the result of a series of previous decisions. Decisions and time equal re- . suits. We are back to the law of the harvest. If you sow your seeds, they will give you a retum over time. If you sit around with- out taking action, no action and time equals nothing. So we seek the goal of finan- cial security, but we want it now. We don't want to pay the price. Why should we? We live in an instant gratification society. Many people even get the "en- titlement" attitUde, ":1 am eniJtled to financial security." This is an interesting world we live in. We are happy with what we have until we become aware of what we don't have. Ad- Small towns find new uses for old school buildings Continued from Page 6 out there we've been thinking "You could turn on the furnace about. We just aren't sure yet," he and have school in there the next said. day," he said. Ideas include turning the. Residents of Cushing, Iowa, gym, which was added on to the share some of the same feelings, school in the 1950s, into a corn- When the school in Cushing,munity/recreation center. It's pos- population 246, closed in May, sible the rest of the building could residents feared it would mean be put up for sale or bid with the losing their youth baseball and hopes of attracting new busi- softball field. Located on school nesses. A community meeting property, the field is used almost will be conducted in February to nightly during the summer• form committees to explore op- "If we would have lost that, tions. "You never know when there's no other land around that you get out and find but what we could have used," Mayor Gary some of the possibilities are out Merkel said. there," Merkel said. The River 'Valley school The architecture leaves no board had closed the school to doubt about what the building help ease budget woes, but once was. couldn't come to a consensus on Community center, business what to do with the school, built home, living quarters. No matter in 1914. It quickly received an the new use of an old school, it offer from the city of Cushing to remains just that: a school. Resi- buy the building for $1. Another dents wilt continue to call the option: selling the school on e- building "the old school" regard- Bay to the highest bidder, less of what the sign in front says. "They were torn between theFormer school buildings emotional tiesof letting the city have been in their respective have it and the financial ties," su- communities for decades. Be- perintendent DeStigter said. cause they were built to last a life- The board ultimately de-time, they'll probably be there for cided to sell the school to the city decades to come. It's a shame to so that kids in Cushing Would see them sit empty, West Harrison continue to have a baseball field. Superintendent Gerking said. "I think the school board felt this "Those buildings are a part is a way to continue to help the of us. If you get rid of them, you kids in River Valley," DeStigter lose your past," he said. said. NOTE: . This story~article was The fields will remain under published in the Sioux City Jour- the city's control. The building's na.1 in January 2006. It's likely future has yet to be decided, some of the information has Merkel said. "There's some things changed. many things we don't need. They want us to part with our money (or use our credit) to purchase "wants" not "needs." Purchases can become emo- tional and impulsive. The conse- quences of having to pay off high credit card debts can hang like a cloud over our heads for years. With credit, we can enjoy the "here and now" and consume our way into debt and financial sla- very. In the Bible at Proverbs 22:7 we are given the wisdom that the borrower is a servant to the lender. But we don't care, it is a "me and now" world. Whether we want to admit it or not, we all have extra. All we really need is food, clothing, and shelter. Everything else is extra. Truth be known, we all have more than we need. That is why we have garage sales. We have ,belongings that we don't need. We all have surplus. And what a person does with his or her surplus tells you a lot about the person. How you manage your extra money is a reflection of your heart and who or what controls your heart. Extra money can go to meals out, movie theaters, extra television channels, Starbucks, and so on. I am not saying money should not be spend on these things, 0nly that a person shouldn't spend excess and then complain because finances are tight. Ironically, you can also tell a lot about a person by what they throw away in their trash. So look at your checkbook. Or call up your bank account online. Where is your money go- ing? Matthew 6:21 tells us "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Are you in control of the finances in your life? Are you proactive or reac- tive? Do you understand the im- portance between needs and wants or do you impulsively spend now and pay later? I may have stepped on some toes here, but my challenge to you today is to urge you to move to- wards financial security. First, recognize that how you feel about what you have is re- ally up to you. Whether you are happy with what you have or un- happy with what you don't have, either way you have the same things. ' ,, ..... Second, be proactive in your finances. You have probably been blessed with what you need. It is up to you to determine if you buy what you want. Make believe you are licking and putting a stamp on every dollar you spend. It is a self control issue. Repeated wise choices and time will cause you to reap the harvest of your efforts. One perspective on earthly belongings is contained in David's prayer in the Old Testa- ment of the Bible in 1 Chronicles 29:10-12, "David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, 'Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to ever- lasting. Yours, O Lord, is the great- ness and the power and the glory and the majesty of splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you.'" David's perspective is that everything comes from GOd and everything belongs to God. The whole view of posses- sions changes with this mental- ity. Define your financial targets on paper, therl exercise the disci- pline to get there. It will be worth it in the end. Just a healthy thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorn~,. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft@kraftandhunter.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. small step no.@ FETCH THIS PAPER YOURSELF TAKE A SHALL STEP TO GET HEALTHY w~c, smalls~p,~ov Wee@, Impiration ! Guillermina "Jessie" DeLaGarza June 25, 1931 - March 23, 2014 A full obituary appears on page 3 of this week's edition. Construction begins on "NM True Breakfast Burrito Byway"-Nominate your favorite burrito now Submitted by NM DEPT of TOUR- ISMISanta Fe Nominations opened at 9:00 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014 for the limited spots available onthe "'New Mexico True Breakfast- Bfirrito Byway." All nominations must come from the official online form at newmexico.orgl burrito, New Mexico is the home of the Breakfast Burrito. It has its flavorful roots in a Santa Fe res- taurant where the owner decided to wrap up breakfast, and in de- cades of International Balloon Fiestas where a handheld break- fast is a necessity. Now the New Mexico Tour- ism Department is putting the Breakfast Burrito on the map. Lit- erally. The "New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway" will identify the best of the burritos, ' as selected by the people who eat them everyday. The nomination period runs just two weeks, from Monday, March 31 until ll:45pm Sunday, standing with local and state April 13. So don't wait. Nominate Health Departments, and with a your favorites now. Online vot- bricks-and-mortar location. ers will then decide which fifty And a breakfast burrito that in- locations should become the cludes at least egg, tortilla and founding members of the Break-' New Mexico chile must be on the fast Burrito Byway. regular menu. Nominate as maffy The online voting begins qualifying restaurants as you Monday, April 21. Details on how would like at newmexico.org/ to vote will follow the nomina- burrito tion period. 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