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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014 7 Just A Thought Rising future wrongs. A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy JOHN MURPHEY/Santa Fe By RICK KRAFT Yesterday's thunderstorm may be keeping you from enjoy- ing today's sunset. It may keep you from enjoying tomorrow's sunset also...and the one after that and the one after that. How many future sun- sets are you going to allow to be ruined be- cause of events of the past? Let me try this an- other way. Think of a person that you hate. No really, someone that you truly despise .... someone you truly, truly, truly don't care for. Now how would you feel about giv- ing that person control over your life? I will bet that you are already doing this. Or an even better question, "How far into your future do you intend to carry the angst of the past?" Only you can answer this question. Once you decide that you have been through enough pain and you don't want to carry that pain into the future, only then can you let go of past wrongs and rise above in the future. We all have a history. We are all on a journey, a path that leads us to where we are today. Even though there is nothing we can do to change our yesterdays, we can choose how we view them. How we view them will have a major impact on our future. For better or worse, it will also have a major impact on our today. What I am saying here is that the only minute we can live is the minute we are living right now. This moment comes just once. What happens in this moment re- suits from a bundle of our past experiences, our current world views, and our anxiousness about the future. In our lives we need to make next time be better than last time. So let me focus today on not let- ting yesterday's thunderstorm rob you of today's sunshine. I recently heard a series of sermons by Andy Stanley of North Point Church in Alpharetta, Georgia on how to handle the wrongs of yesterday. The heart of his messages were "Own it, re- think it, and release it" Owning something or taking responsibility for something is the opposite of playing "The blame game?' In other words, an event happens in our life and the first thing we do is look to place blame on someone else. We look for a way to take it off our own shoulders and we seek to point our finger at another or others. We use the "but for" test. J3ut for what he did or she did, this would not have happened. Many people who play the blame game cannot release the past because they take no owner- ship over what occurred. If what happened is all someone else's fault, you will carry your past baggage into many tomorrows. Obviously there are exceptions, but what I am sharing is the gen- eral rule. Let me give you a simple example. A high school student goes to a party and the police show up and arrest the student along with the others at the party. The student says "If John Doe had not invited me to the party or if Suzy Q had not called the po- lice this would not have hap- pened." It is his or her fault I got dragged down to the police de- partment and booked. Do you think this has hap- pened before? How about a bet- ter accountability question such as "I should not have chosen to go to the party in the first place?" We all do this. If we drew a circle of fault and drew a pie slice within the circle of what re- sponsibility we have for an event happen- ing, even if our slice Rick Kraft is very small, we still have a slice. Own it! If we own it, we can move to the next step of rethinking it. The rethinking it step is asking the question "What was I thinking?" In other words, we don't learn from experience, we learn from "evaluated experi- ence." If we live life and don't analyze and learn from our ex- periences, we are likely to ex- perience our mistakes again. We must ask the rethinking question, then answer it to be able to have any hope of avoid- ing the situation next time. Then, once we evaluate, we need to mal(e a better choice so next time is not like the last time. The third and most power- ful step in overcoming the past is releasing it. If you own it and rethink it, then you are in a po- sition to release it. Just let it go. Don't allow it to have any power over you. In the New Testament in the book of Ephesians Chapter 4:26 and 27 we are told "'In your an- ger do not sin;' Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry and do not give the devil a foothold." This scripture spe- cifically tells us about letting others have a foothold in our own lives by holding onto yesterday's anger and ruining sunsets. My challenge to you is to let your past remind you, not define you. If you are-holding onto anger from the past, ask yourself, how many more sun- sets are you going to allow to be spoiled. How many tomor- rows will be ruined before you will let go of the past? If you are angry about something that another did to you in the past, the longer you hold onto it, the longer you are allowing that person to control your world. By your choice you are giving the person you dis- like a foothold in your world to lower your quality of life for many days to come...maybe even the rest of your life. Your life should not be con- trolled by those who hurt you most. True forgiveness frees you from past wrongs and al- lows you to fly higher today and your many tomorrows. Own it, rethink it, but most importantly release it. Don't give power to the past to ruin your sunsets of the future. Next time needs to be better than last time. 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@ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. Aerial view of Lordsburg taken in 1948 featuring the downtown business district on Railroad Avenue (Motel Drive). The railroad depot is in the forefront. In the background are the Dunagan Hotel and the Hidalgo County Courthouse. In the distant background is the old water tank on south Main Street. announces new su Submitted by USDA U.S. Agriculture Deputy Sec- retary Krysta Harden announced this week the implementation of new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and be- ginning farmers and ranchers. Harden also unveiled, a new website that will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers and ranchers can explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed. "New and beginning farmers are the future of American agri- culture," Said Deputy Secretary Harden. "The average age of an American farmer is 58 and rising, so we must help new farmers get started if America isgoing to con- tinue feeding the world and main- tain a strong agriculture economy. The new policies announced to- day will help give beginning farmers the financial security they need to succeed. Our new online tool will provide one-stop shop- ping for beginning farmers to learn more about accessing USDA services that can help their op- erations thrive." USDA's newfarmers has in depth informa- tion for new farmers and ranch- ers, including: how to increase access to land and capital; build new market opportunities; par- ticipate in conservation opportu- nities; select and use the right risk management tools; and access USDA education, and technical support programs. These issues have been identified as top pri- orities i by new farmers. The website will also feature instruc- tive case studies about beginning farmers who have successfully utilized USDA resources to start or expand their business opera- tions. The policy announcements in support of beginning farmers and ranchers include: Waiving service fees for new and beginning farmers or ranchers to enroll in the Non-In- sured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for the 2014 crop year. NAP provides risk manage- ment tools to farmers who grow crops for which there is no crop We have all the tools to keep your Business We offer Professional Services for all aspects of your small business! Including: V Payroll VMonthly, Quarterly & Annual Tax Preparation V Financial Statements # Bank Reconciliations 575-542-3125 212 E. Motel Drive * Suite A * Lordsburg pport for beginning farmers, ranchers insurance product. Under this beginning farmers and ranchers in savings for the taxpayer. Since waiver, announced via an official under Emergency Assistance for enactment, USDA has made sig- notice to Farm Service Agency Livestock, Honeybees and Farm- nificant progress to implement offices, farmers and ranchers Raised Fish Program (ELAP).each provision of this critical leg- whom already enrolled in NAP for Under this provision, beginning islation, including providing di- the 2014 crop year are eligible and farmers can claim up 90 per- saster relief to farmers and ranch- for a service fee refund, cent of losses for lost livestock, ers; strengthening risk manage- . Eliminating payment re- such as bees, under ELAP. This is ment tools; expanding access to ductions under the Conservation a fifty percent increase over pre- rural credit; funding critical re- Reserve Program (CRP) for new viously available payment search; establishing innovative and beginning farmers which will amounts to new and beginning public-private conservation part- allow routine, prescribed, and farmers, nerships; developing new mar- emergency grazing outside the In the near future, USDA will kets for rural-made products; and primary nesting season on en- also announce additional crop investing in infrastructure, hous- rolled land consistent with ap- insurance program changes for ing and community facilities to proved conservation plans. Pre- beginning farmers and ranchers help improve quality of life in viously, farmers and ranchers - including discounted premi- ruralAmerica. For more informa- grazing on CRP land were sub- ums, waiver of administrative tion, visit ject to a reduction in CRP pay- fees, and other benefits, farmbill. ments of up to 25 percent. Waiv- These policy announce- The Deputy Secretary made ing these reductions for new and ments are made possible through these announcements at the in- beginning farmers will provide the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds augural meeting of the recon- extra financial support during on historic economic gains in ru- vened Beginning Farmer and times of emergency like drought ral America over the past five Rancher Advisory Committee and other natural disasters, years, while achieving meaning- held at the University of Califor- Increasing payment rates to ful reform and billions of dollars nia Davis, California. I Fast Approval Build Your Credit No Checking Account Needed I No Hassles Call Us Today! Apply in person on call ahead! 716 S. Main St et * Lord burg, NM Call today!