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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JULY 30; 20~16 Just A Thought Hq will travel the dista with By RICK KRAFT "Be of good courage on life's journey, my friend, for the Lord will travel the distance with you as he is steadfast to the end." I have had the opportunity to run nineteen marathons in my lifetime. That is 26.2 miles from the starting line to the finish line. In between the first step and the last step is approxi- mately 36.998 steps; at least this is what the books say...I have never tried to count the steps myself. If we multipl~ 37.000 steps times nineteen marathons, that is 703.000 steps that I have journeyed along marathon courses, across our country from Roswell to Wash- ington, D.C., from 'Minnesota to Florida. There has been one con- stant in each step I have taken in every marathon I have run. I have carried the sgntence at the begin- ning of this column with me each step I have taken. The tradition began before I ran my first marathon. Before go- ing to bed the night before each run I have my wife Tanya write out the words on a small piece of Rick Kraft paper, I fold it up and then I put it in the "pouch" in my running shorts to can'y with me along the course. So nineteen times Tanya has written this out and nineteen times I have carried the saying across the finish line. So what is so important about being of good courage on life's journey and the Lord trav- eling the distance with me? Well, let me break this apart. But first.let me share why this say- ing is significant to me today. A friend of mine passed away earlier this month. She was a godly woman who loved her Lord and Savior. At, 50 years of age, God .called her home. She left be- hind a legacy of faith, family, and friends. I don't understand why something like this happens, es- pecially to a lady as remarkable as her. But I am reminded that God is in control. Fighting cancer, she didn't want the final battle she would fight to be about her. Yet the ripples that have been sent out from her extend across the country. My friend poured, her life into her family, her friends, and those she came into contact with in the five decades of life that were given to her. What she gave to others over her years, which is aft abundance of giving, lives on in each of us/She has finished her journey and the world is a better place because she lived. What I want to emphasize here is that life is all about the journey. It is about the days that we are given. It is about doing what we can each day we are blessed with. I am reminded that any day I live could be my last. It is not something ! tage l~gl~tly. Any day I live I could be four days away from my funeral. In running a marathon it is very easy to drop your head, look down at the ground below, focus On the throbbing pain being ex- perienced from head to toe, and become depressed, and dejected. When a person gets to the 18 to 20 mile mark a condition of men- tal and physical fatigue often oc- curs referred to as "hitting the wall?' The pain gets so intense in this stage that the runner can eas- ily hate the world and everything in it. Whether it is on a marathon course or in living life, I ihink we have all been there before. In this condition it is impor- tam to not got bogged down with the "Why?" questions. Avoiding asking "Why?" questions is fighting human nature. We must take what we have, look up, to-" cus on the road ahead, and keep moving forward. In running a marathon, I can be mentally prepared for the hit- ting the wall stage as I can drive the course in advance. I know there is a finish line and I can vi- sualize what the ending point of the journey will look like. I am able to fight through the last six miles by mentally telling myself that the race does not begin until mile 20. In other words, if I push hard each step over the first few hours to make it to mile 20, I will be in a position to finish strong by giving everything I have the last six miles to the finish line. Life often isn't so kind to us. None of us know when our finish line is. We know we are out on the course. We know we will each ~ ~ have setbacks and very difficult _,,~ t and depressing experiences ~ ~ along our own individual path. Administrator Greg Whitaker seen here with one of Sunshine We know we have one less day to Haven's residents, helping here celebrate her birthday. All smiles live today than we had yesterday on deck! at this time. We also know that giving up is not an option, f Along the journey we must remember the fact that the Lord will travel the distance with us and that he will be steadfast to the end. God doesn't change. He doesn't leav~ us. The Lord was with my friend each step she took. He was steadfast to her to her fi- nal breath and beyond. Because He is steadfast, our journey is worth taking. , My challenge to you today is to focus on the journey. Our journey.is traveled one day at a time, any one of which could be our last. Keep your head up. Keep moving forward. Do things for others that will live on after you are gone and leave a legacy. Know you have a partner who will be with you each step you take. My prayer for you is that you stay the course and "Be of good Courage on life's journey, my friend, for the Lord will travel the distance with you as he is stead- fast to the end?' 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 @ kraftandhun'ter, cam mailto:thekraftlawfirm@aql,qm or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. SHNH staff put extra effort into jobs By LORENZO ALBA, JR. Hello ever),onet.. I hope you've all been enjoying the rain. We all know that we need ]t in the bootheel this time of year. However, today the sun is shining bright. What an amazing blessing to live in New Mexico ! I've been 'working at Sunshine Haven for about six months now. It has been a very rewarding experience. The opportunity to work with seniors and people in need of long-term care has certainly been a blessing. Our staff is truly beyond ordinary. Tl!ey exemplify such care and devotion to our residents and our facility that you feel the love of a family here. Some of our staff have been doing this type of work for many years and bring a world of experience and love to our facility and its residents. Others are here learning and experiencing this phenom- enon of love for people first hand. I must tell you that there is nothing more rewarding than making one of our residents smile. A simple 'hello' goes a long way. A conver- sation to reminisce about their past opens their hearts and souls like nothing I've ever seen or heard. Even more beautiful is to see them when they have family or friends visiting them, their faces just glow in elation. We feel very blessed here at Sunshine Haven to have some many wonderful residents. We take care of them, but they teach us some- thing new everyday. Andy Rooney once said, "The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person." This is total truth. We are happy to be a part of the community and invite you help us grow. If you have a loved one who is in need of long-term care, give us call or stop by and take a tour. We will be waiting for you. I'll leave you with this until next week: "Do not forget the hands of the aged; they have touched much of life and have become sensitive and sympathetic." So let's respect them, care for them, love them and make them smile! 228 E. Motel Drive * Lordsburg Will Open AUGUS 2 2010 A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMOND 8AUCEDOILordsburg Emeline Baxter, 1945, age 30 Happy Birthday wishes to Emeline Baxter on August 4 when she celebrates her 95th birthday. Leffers to the Editor The Hidalgo County Her- aid urges readers to licans or any other party! Perhaps that letter writer would make the Tea Party a good chairperson. I certainly would not' miss her. As they say, stitution, as I too, mentioned in my previous article. It is ira} portant to exercise your right tO vote, and I support that. If I have offended Ms. Massey, then voice their ,opin- ions by writing in. Letters, can be mailed to 212 E. Motcj Drive, Ste. B, or can be e~mai|ed to hcherald@aznex.net. Only let- ters that are signed by the au- thor will be considered for publication. All letters that are published should be consid- ered the opinion of the author, and not necessarily that of the Hidalgo County Herald. Read- ers are encouraged to practice their First Amendment right of free speech. Subversion? ,4 "Ban Voyage Baby." That lady, an apology is being addressedl J Corinne Massey, must think the However, I must continue tO :] Republicans, "Fea Party, or any promote the party as I was Madam Editor, More power and saliva to the chairperson of the Demo- cratic party here in Hidalgo County. He was chosen resent Democrats...not other party are going to politic nominated and elected to do so i for another party. Keep dream- to the best of my ability. I hope ing, baby. Sfibversion from that Ms. ~aSsy continues to be within our party? Look out! a registered life-long democraL i More later on Mrs. Massey's as we need all democrats pos- letter, sible. Furthermore, I would , Felipe Potter Alvarez like to invite Ms. Massey to our I Lordsburg 1 Apology next democratic meeting, as I am willing to meet her persofi- ally, express my apology in per- son, and to include her ideas and direction in our continued el. forts in promoting the Dem0= cratic Party, as well as maintain- ing professionalism and success Dear Editor: I am responding to Ms: Massey's letter to the editor of last week titled "Follow the Leader?" My intent was not to offend Ms, Massey. As I men- tioned in my article, as the Democratic Chairman, I have a duty and an obligation to pro- mote the Democratic Party. I am an advocate of civil rights, to~ep- and Ms. Massey echoed the Repab- ,, "right to vote under the con- within the party. . i Sincerely, ] Robert C. Parra i 4 Hidalgo County Demo~ i] cratic Chairman i PO Box 3i3 Lordsburg, NM 88045 ~ ~alg0 C0unty 212 E. Motel Drive Suite 8 $30 per year Lordsburg, NM 88045 Name Address City, State, Zip 3rd Annual Due to limited seating, only one parent per child please J arten & Odd G 10 AM to Noon Even Grades 2 PM.to 4 PM The Lordsburg Elks Lodge is currently seeking donations for this annual event, which provides Hidalgo County youth with muchmeeded school supplies. For more information, or to make a donation,please call SueHaye Marquez at 575-542-9951 or email IorOst3uroelks@yahoo,com, #: