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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD ' FRIDAY, JONE 18, 2010 7' Just A Thought By RICK KRAFT When we put our lives against the backdrop of the spec- trum of time, our time here on earth is just a drop in the bucket compared to the his- tory of mankind. What I am saying is that whether we are given 40 years on this planet or 80, compared to mil- lenniums of mankind, we live for just a brief moment. One of my heroes ' has died. His name was John Wooden. Coinci- dentally, he and I have shared the same birthday for over half a century. He passed recently after living 99 years. The impact he made on this world and indi- viduals in it is unquantifiable. From the players he coached on the UCLA college basketball teams to the lives he touched Rick Kraft Dixie Cheyenne Caillouette- Gregston Daeson Kyle Caillouette- Gregston would like to announce the arrival of his baby sister, Dixie Cheyenne Caillouette-Gregston. She was born in Silver City, New Mexico, on March 15. 2010 at 7:48 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds. 3 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her proud parents are Larry (LG) and Anna Gregston of Lordsburg. Paternal grandparents are John and Rebel Givan. Larry Gregston and Steven Jones..Ma- ternal grandparents are Benjamin Ortiz and Bertha Ruiz of Lub- bock, Texas. Dixie and Daeson are proud to be the sixth generation to re- side in Hidalgo County. through his motivational talks and writings, his life 'has made this world a better place. Coach Wooden has written many books, several of which I own. His writings are not about the glory days when his team won ten national championships over a twelve year span and set a record with 88 consecutive victories. His writings talk about how life should be lived and provide tools for each of us to consider and apply to our lives. If we could spend just one evening with Coach Wooden he would begin by tell- ing us the truth he found at the core of his life: "There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere. Material posses- sions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters." Besides living a successful life spiritually, Coach Wooden lived a successful family life. He was married to his wife Nellie for 53 years. She passed away in 1991. Since her death, on the 2P' of each month he wrote a letter to her telling her how much he loved her. missed her. and how he couldn't wait to see her again. He would then put each letter with his others on top of her pillow tied together by a yellow ribbon. When asked about his be- loved wife and his death. Coach Wooden would smile and say "Iw not afraid to die, death is my only chance to be with her again." If asked about his philoso- phy of live Coach would share thoughts like. "There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. And you must always keep in mind the choice you make makes you." "The smallest good deed is better than the best intention.." or "Don't permit the fear of failure to prevent effort We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but the fear of fail- ure is the greatest failure of all." Coach Wooden was a "take, action" man. He did not like ex- cuses and believed that excuses are the biggest deterrent that keep a person from accomplish- lng his or her potential. It is so much easier to come up with ex- cuses than to take action and make things happen. Coach once said, "Never make excuses. Your friends don't need them and your foes won't believe them." Coach Wooden regularly pointed out the importance of integrity. Some of his comments include, "You can do more good in by being good than in any other way." "Tell the truth. That way you don't have to remember a story," "What is right is more important than whd is right," and "Ability may get you to the top, but. it takes character to keep you there." Each of these quotes are words of wisdom for us to heed. One of his leadership keys is to model the person you want others to be. As he spoke and wrote on these core values, he lived them himself. A most ef- fective method of impacting otherslives is to not say-"Here is what you need to do," bfit "Follow me." There is a large gorge between these two con- cepts. My favorite John Wooden quote is "Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Character is what you really are; reputation is merely what you are .per- ceived to be." What he is say- ing is you can control you. Sometimes that is all you can control. But what you do with you is 100% up to you. If you live a life of integrity and high morals, that is the best you can do. It is up to others how they want to interpret your actions. What you do with you is your character. No one can take away your character or can keep you from making good choices. What others perceive of you is up to them. They control how your character is interpreted. If you make good character choices, then if others choose to misinterpret what you are do- ing with you, that is up to them. Coach Wooden is saying is that if you had to choose be- tween character and reputation, this is an easy choice. Choose character. If you are making the best character choices, one choice at a time, then don't worry about your rePutation. I would add on to this that there is only on perfect person who has ever walked the earth and the masses took his life from him by hanging him on a cross. My challenge to you today is to learn from this man who lived just a half year shy of a century. He spoke and wrote much wisdom. He set his bar high argl expected others to do so also. He modeled "follow me" leadership. I will close with a quote from John Wooden that really sums up his humble life and how he woMd want to be re- membered. He said, "I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs." Be a common man, but set your beliefs high, and then re- main true to them. :Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunte r. 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 GLORIA VARGAS/Lordsburg m__7/ O emvri#m Sylvia Arambula Rodriguez Dec. 2, 1960 - June 5, 2010 Sylvia Rodriguez and many other cancer victims will be remembered at the Lordsburg - Hidalgo County Relay For Life on June 18 and 19. Sylvia lost her young life to cancer on June 5. Her parents, Jenny Vargas Reinhart of Gilbert, Arizona, Benny Arambulaof Lordsburg, five children and four grandchildren survive her. Sylvia was a 1979 graduate of Lordsburg High School. Help is coming for 25,000 NM seniorsstuck in BillieYoung Young to celebrate Quience Anos Billie Toni Gabriele Young will be celebrating her Quience Anos on Saturday, June 26. 2010. at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catho- lic Church. followed by a dinner at 5:00 p.m. at the Special Events Center. Presentation to follow. Her family would like to in- vite her family and friends to cel- ebrate the event. the Medicare Rx drug "Donut Hole'" Courtesy information Congressman Harry Teague announced that, starting today, Medicare will begin mailing thousands of seniors in New Mexico a $250 'donut hole' re- bate check. Seniors who fall into the 'donut hole' gap in Medicare's prescription drug coverage will receive a one-time tax-free $250 rebate check to off- ,~ :~! set the cost of prescription drugs. These checks will be mailed over the next few months - as seniors enter their coverage gap periods. "Life saving prescription drugs cost many New Mexico se- niors thousands of dollars each year," said Teague. "These checks will help close the Medi- care 'donut hole', so that our se- niors no longer have to choose between their prescription drugs and putting food on the table." The 'donut hole' refers to the a coverage gap that occurs when a senior participating in the Medi- care Presc/-ipti~n Drug Program reaches the point where their pre- scription drug costs exceed $2,830. At that point, the senior must pay 100% of the cost of their drugs until they hit the cata- strophic coverage threshold. The "donut hole" checks are the first in a series of reforms of the Medicare Prescription Drug program. In 2011. seniors in the donut hole will receive a 50% discount on brand name drugs and by 2020, the donut hole will be closed. Last year, roughly 25.000 Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico fell in the "donut hole" and received no extra help to de- fray the cost of their prescription drugs. Medicare recipients don't have to do anything to get the $250 check - once their drug costs for the year hit $2,830 the one-time check will be issued automatically. Harry Teague is also warning New Mexico seniors to be on the lookout for criminals who see this as an opportunity to scam seniors out of their rebate checks. "While these checks will do a lot of good, some people out there will see this as an opportu- nity to prey on seniors. That's why it's important to be on the look- out for Medicare scams," said Congressman Harry Teague. "You do not need to share your social security number or Medicare In- formation to receive yobr check. If you have any questions or re- ceive a suspicious request, please contact your local Medicare or Attorney General's office." 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