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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER3,2010 7 Just A Thought If your life were a novel, wHat would it's title be? By RICK KRAFT We" are all walking novels. Everybody has-a story. Every- body. There is a path that has led you to where you are today. No one else who has ever lived or is living at this time has walked your path. You weren't dropped on the path from somewhere in outer space. You have walked many steps to get to the point that you are at in your life. As you look back on your journey, what is your story? Or here's another spila. If you randomly walked up to a person on the street and asked them the simple and. generic question, "What is your story?" You would learn much about them from the response they share. I have heard it said that each of us is born unique, but we die common. I disagree, I believe we are each born unique, we live our lives unique, and when we die we remain unique. What is it that makes you unique? Iremember seeing a televi- Rick Kraft sion program many years ago where the crew would randomly chose a town somewhere in the United States and travel to the town for a visit. Once there they would open the local phone book and then randomly choose a name and call the person listed. They would go visit the per- son, give the person a microphone, point a camera at him or her and in essence ask the question "What is your story?" The results of this process were interest- ing. The people {hey interviewed were all ages, came in all shapes and sizes, and spanned our country. They were just average Americans living their liVes like the rest of us. What was amazing was that each person they chose had a story to tell. And it was interest- ing to hear the path and experi- ences shared by the person to get to the point they were at in his or her life.' If a television crew showed up on your doorstep, pointed a camera at you, and quite simply O000000000000O0000O0000DOO QO  D  D 8 g D  D  O Poster & AdolDl'ive Pm, emrts  in New Mt.xicol a D O MAKE A II]=FERENCE  THE LIFE OF A CHZLD {a O Cl O ga Become n foster or adootlve oare.. Find out how! D Jotn us for snintormaUon meettng to be held this month of Aust g g n your area.  Ronny Diaz, CYFD Fcrter& Adoptive Q i arent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121. **Se Habla Espanol** Visit us on the web at www.cvl'd.ora D D D D Q O OOOOOOIOOaOOQOQOOOOOOOOOOOOO tDOOOQO asked 3,ou the question "What is your story?", what would you share? Let's say they are going to videotape 90 minutes of you sharing, to be edited down into a 30 minute program. What is it about you that would be of inter- est to others? What wisdom could you share from the steps you have walked that would be of interest to others or that might help oth- ers on their journey? As I look back on my life, I can think of many stories that are interesting. From being born in a small village in Nigeria, to train- ing bear cub m.ascots in college:, to collecting millions of sports cards, to running marathons, I would have trouble keeping my story short. I have many theories. You have read many of them in this column. One of my theories is that the best way to get to know some.- one is to hop in a car with them and travel a great distance, just the two of you. If you talk the entire distance and if you use you listening skills, you can learn so much about the person sitting next to you. I really enjoy this process because I like to ask questions. My family gives me a hard time because often each answer leads to another question. But this is how you learn. What is exciting about ask- ing the question, "What is yomr story?," is how another person answering the question allows you to learn about others. Create these learning opportunities. Mahatma Ghandi said "Seer first to understand, and then to be understood." You learn to un- derstand another by listening to them share their story. Ask someone out to lunch or have them over for dinner. Take a road trip with them. Then ask them this core question. Ask them what has made them who they are today. Ask them what event hhs mad# the biggest impact on their life. Ask them what they would do differently if they. could go back and relive the years they have lived. Then listen. Learn from the story that is told. Let the wisdom of the speaker help you fly higher in your life ahead. Whether the per- son you are listening to has made bad choices, good choices, or a combination of both; whether he or she has had to overcome a dif- ficult past or had an easy jour- ney, there can be much learned from listening to the other per- son share. My challenge to you today is twofold. First, look inward and examine yourself and your story. What would the title of a novel about your life be? What is excit- ing is that no matter where you are on your path, whether you want to be there or not, you can control what direction you move forward from here. Second, listen outward. Cre- ate opportunities and to take time to learn about and from others. Ask questions and then listen. We all have so much in common. We all have so little in common. Each time you speak with another person, you are a walk- ing novel talking to another walking novel. Speak, ask, listen, and learn. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published aathor, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, com mailto:thekraftlawfirm @ aol. corn or write to PO. Box 850, Roswell, NewMexico, 88202 - 0850. THANK YOU! Happy Birthday, . and everyone for your prayers, vl, oails and other aols of klndneu In suppm of me red'my farad/. 8peotal thank you to  o  m precious, M,,, *. w.h handsome and the ICnlgh of Columbus nd d who.   , . 00ess I q)eolal Wayen, liable and Helen for rel n and my hmdh In lhelr i ,l ,Love- " prayer group. No words o exwm my G pa, G ma & Aunti "%, appreolalkm for ear, h of yo M00xica ll Ill i Illl l I Illl I i | Open 7 Days a Week! 6 AM - 8:30 PM Lordsbur, $O do00vn Free Call 877-858-3508 or call local dealer A Picture From The Past Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy LOUISE FISHER McGHEE'S Historic School Photo Collection Basil Fuller : Lordsburg High School senior class picture,' 1932 : Basil Fuller was the son of the late Claude C. Fuller and Bethel P. --.' Fulle;. Claude was a member of one of the area's prominent ranching families. Bethel taught piano to many of Lordsburg's youth and was the pianist for the Lordsburg Methodist Church and one of the founders of the Lordsburg-Hidalgo Library. Basil's brother, Warren, is living in Palo Alto, California. We believe that Basil is no longer alive. ii ,2, ! $100e00ial00 ---- on Burrlfo 8/1991 and 16 0Z Drink Open Monday-Friday 6 AM - 2 PM Located inside TRAILTOWN CHEVRON MAVERICK FOOTBALL DRAISER HAMBURG WITH GllEESE & ALl '! " THE FIXINGS, CHIPS & SODA[ FRi8 "5.00 , S EirHi 3 i.' ., MAVERICK sTADIUM I [ 5:00 PM to just before kick-off of the [ [ Hatchvs. Lordsburg Game [ l OMr00 si]rronT ] MAVERICK FOOTBALL! For information leading to the arrest of these individuals who broke into the CircleH Grocery at 2:18 AM Sunday orning, August 29, 2010. You can remain anonymous. Contact the Lordsburg Police Department at 575.542-3505 or Larry at Circle H Grocery at 575-542-9600. 575,574-