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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010 7 Just A Thought By RICK KRAFT The Good Samaritan would not have been remembered if he just had good intentions. What if you were flown across the country to a town or city you had never been to be- fore and were asked to watch a total stranger for a week of their life and then return home and write a paper on the person whose life you observed? Suppose you are not able to speak or otherwise interact with the person you are ob- serving, nor will the person you are observ- ing know that you are there observing them. By merely observ- ing the individual over a 24 hour/7 day period, you would learn so much about them. You could tell what is im- portant to them by what they do and say. You could tell a lot about them by how they spend their time. In this exercise, over a seven day period, it may be hard to mea- sure the heart of a person who is being observed, but given enough time, a heart is generally revealed through a person's ac- Rick Kraft ! lions. Now that we've addressed the exercise of observing another. what would another person learn about you if this exercise was re- versed? What is revealed by your words and actions? How do you spend your time? Here is the million dollar question: "Are you the type of person whose heart and actions are in sync with each other?" In other words. "Does your heart desire to pull you right and your actions take you left?" I focus on this connection be- cause the Good Samari- tan is not remembered because he had a good heart. He is remembered because he had a good heart and he took ac- tion. Sometimes the heart and action don't connect. For example, there are people out there with very kind hearts that sit around and do noth- ing. Sometimes people get so bogged down in the trivial that they don't take action to accom- plish bigger things that they need to be accomplishing. Sometimes people with good hearts take bad sa actions. It is the" ready, aim, ready, I like to ask the question in aim. ready, aim, ready, aim" syn- Sunday School, "If you were ac- drome. The gun can be loaded and cused of being a Christian and put ready to go and pointed the right on trial, would there be enough direction, but until the trigger is evidence to convict you?" pulled, nothing happens. V~rithout Back to the opening example a "fire" the gun may as well be a of being followed 24/7...what in your life reveals what is truly im- portant to you? If you believe in 'going green.' what do you do in your day-to-day life to show this is a priority? If you love your fam- ily deeply, does your lack of spending time with them reveal this to not be a priority? Here is another difficult ques- tion. "'What ceases to happen if you go away?" If all you do is receive from others, then if you go away, there is more available to give to others since you are no longer recewing so much! If you are causing things to happen in your life. then if you go away, what you are causing to happen may end or at least slow down. door stop to accomplish some- thing useful. There are people and organizations out there that rarely pull the trigger. Until action occurs, you can't make a difference in the lives of others in this world. The story of the little train climbing the hill illustrates this. If he sat at the bot- tom of the hill and says, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can" and does nothing else. he can probably convince himself that he can climb the hill. But what, good does it do for him or anyone else if he doesn't take action and be- gin moving forward. My challenge to you today is to follow through after you take time to "ready, aim?' It is impor- tant to think through and plan. It I guess what I am saying isis also important to have a good that there are people out in our heart. But neither of these makes world who have very good and any difference outside yourself very precious hearts. If intentions until you turn your good inten- could be scored from 1 to 10, they tions into action. Make sure you would receive a very high 10 on intentions. But good intentions alone never helped anyone! By EDMUND SAU~ED(~II are taking action to make a posi- tive difference. Be remembered, as is the Good Samaritan, for being a per- son with a good heart who takes action. Just a thoughL.. Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments. contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto:thekraftlawfirm @ aol. com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy THE GLENNA SHUMWAY STRAFACE HISTORIC PHOTO COLLECTION Ramona Lopez Villanueva --age 22, 1929 m at Valedon, a properous and historic mining commumty south of Lordsburg. Ramona was the mother of Lordsburg citizens Socorro Villanueva, Monie Talavera and Lupe Madero. 't Circa 1920. The SilVdr'City railroad depotWas dem(iltshed in "1975 after attem pts by the SHver City Museum and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to save the building failed. The depot was located on the south end of Bullard Street close to the Home Furniture store. Historic Chihuahua Hill is visible in the background. Visit "Downtown New Mexico " Heritage Preservation Month begins May i The New Mexico Historic You will find bike race. blues festival and Preservation Division is pleased tours of historic districts, re- Mother's Day Tour. Several to announce its Calendar ofstored downtowns, archaeologi- events commemorate New Events with details on 54 events cal sites, events and festivals at Mexico MainStreet's 25th anni- in 33 communities is available state parks and monuments, an versary and the revitalization at their website,historic hotel tour and annual evident in many of our small Fire season begins on Gila National Forest Submitted by GNFISilver City The first lightning fire of the season was reported last Sat- urday afternoon - the wildfire was a "holdover" from a light- ning storm that moved through the area almost a week earlier. The fire slowly burned along the ground in dead grass and pine needles for several days, before being detected. The "Little" Fire was located 6 miles west of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument near Trail No. 161. in the Gila Wilderness. Firefighters rode in on horse- back to suppress the fire and it was contained the next day at 14 acres. The "Picnic" Fire was re- ported in February and started from an escaped campfire in the Lake Roberts Picnic Area. Firefighters were able to re- spond immediately and kept the fire from spreading. w w w . n m h i s t o r ! c community events, including a tow nsand larger cities, campfire before properly extin- hing ] y [ ag lc guishing it. "Forest visitors are e [ asked to be vigilant and to help minimize the number of hu- All the clothes you can stuff in a Bag man-caused fires. We expect increased visitation during the Suggsted Donation: upcoming weekend and every- Small Bag -- $1.00; Large Bag -- $5.00 one should be aware that fire season has started," said Craig We furnish the plastic kitchen bags! Cowie, Fire Staff Officer. Tuesdays 1-5 PM: Wednesday & Thursday 10-5: Friday 10-6 Sale Ends Friday, April 30, 2010 During recent patrols, Forest Service Law Enforcement per- sonnel have discovered and ex- tinguished three abandoned campfires. In one case, a cita- tion was issued for leaving a. Although the area has received above-average moisture, in the form of snowfall and rain show- ers, pine needle,s, grasses and dead woody material can fuel a fire. Combined with typical spring winds and increasing day- and nighttime tempera- tures, burning conditions for the upcoming fire season are quickly developing. Forest visi- Lord's Living Water Lighthouse/ Oasis Compassion Services 807 Duncan Highway (US70)--OId Bivens Supply Store (575) 590-3474 tors are reminded that precau- tions should be taken with fire at all times! Before leaving camp- sites and picnic areas, make sure that campfires are DEAD OUT! Hot charcoal briquettes and coals should be discarded appropriately - keep them away from flammable vegetation! If you smoke, do so re- sponsibly - use vehicle ashtrays and smoke in areas that are free of vegetation when smoking outdoors. Think smart! Don't let wildfires start! 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