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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 7 J Just A Thought It By RICK KRAFT "We're lost, but we are mak- ing good time" We have all been there before. The other extreme is "Stop and smell the roses." Which category do you fall into the most, an abun- dance of business or stopping to enjoy the beauty along the way? How often do you miss something in this life because you are running five steps ahead of yourself? I know I do. I wrote this column to myself, but you can read it along with me if you would like to. One of my favor- ite sayings is "What you focus on expands." This saying can be in- terpreted many ways. One appli- cation is "You will find what you are looking for" In other words, in a relationship with another person, if you want to think nega- tively about that person, focus on the negatives of the person and you will rind the negatives. If you want to think positively, think about the person's positive at- tributes and you will find them. If you want disunity with another person or organization, focus on what you disagree on. ff you want unity, focus on what you agree on. Either way you will rind what you are looking for. Another application of this saying is "You will notice what you focus on." For example, if you are looking for orange Volkswagon Bugs, you will no- Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adop- five Parent Re- cruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visi(us Oh, tl~e web at Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth Name: Kaitlynn Age: 8 Story: Kaitlynn is an engag- ing, intelligent, active young girl. She is eager to learn new things, which she does very quickly. Some of Kaitlynn's favorite things are books, dolls, teddy bears, and riding her bike. At meal- time she likes fried chicken, s on what you are looking for tice them when one drives by. tention of those who heard him Otherwise they may pass you un- and hoping to gain an audience noticed. If you like sports cars, and make some money. you will be more likely to notice In the next 43 minutes, the a Corvette, a Camaro, or a Mus- violinist performed six Bach tang. pieces, classical masterpieces that Yet another up- have endured for centuries on plication of this say- their brilliance alone. During the ing is"The more you time he played, 1,097 people study a topic, thepassed by. Most all of them were more you learn." on the way to work. Because of This would apply to the Metro station that was se- a person who studies lected, most of those who passed an area such as glo- by were mid-level bureaucrats bal warming, the with government jobs. Civil War, or God.Each passer-by had choices The more you delveto make when he or she encoun- into a topic, the more tered the street musician, includ- you find out abouting stopping to enjoy the music, what you are study- donating money, or just walking Rick Kraft ing. As you learn, the on by. topic will expand. Only about a half dozen A very interesting study was done people stopped to listen, each for one cold morning at a Metro sta- a brief period of time. At one point tion in Washington, D.C. It was a young boy stopped only to be set up by the Washington Post as hurried along by his mother. an experiment in context, percep- About 20 people donated money tion, and priorities. As part of the as they walked on by. The musi- study, it was videotaped,clan made $32.17 for his efforts. It was 7:51 a.m. on Friday, No one clapped for him as January 12, 2007 in the middle he finished each of his six num- of the morning rush hour. A young bers. When he finished the last white man positioned himself song he packed up his violin and against a wall beside a trash bus- moved on without any recogni- ket wearing jeans, a long-sleeved tion of his talent. T-shirt and a Washington Nation- What was amazing is that the als baseballcap. Froma smallcase street musician was playing a he removed a violin. He placed handcrafted 1713 Italian mas- the open case at his feet and tered violin he had reportedly threw a few dollars and pocket purchased for $3.5 million. Not change into the case as seed that any of the passer-byers cared. money, turned to face the pedes- What was even more amaz- trian traffic and he began to play ing was that three nights earlier his violin the best he could, the musician had performed for a The musician played his sell out crowd at Boston's stately heart out hoping to catch the at- Symphony Hall, where merely pretty good seats went for $100. doptive parents Two weeks after playing in the Metro station the musician played at the Music Center at in New M Strathmore, in North Bethesda to a standing room only audience. Not that any of the passer-byers salad, but is allergic to almonds, cared. This young lady would benefitThe musician is a onetime from a strong, two parent family child prodigy, now 46 years old. willing to continue working His name is Joshua Bell, and he is an internationally acclaimed with her to virtuoso. Mr. Bell had com- learn good manded $1000 a minute for his social skills, playing, but as a street musician positive inter- he averaged less than $1 per actions, and minute for the time he played. Not how to pro- that any of the passer-byers cared. cess and di- This study raises many ques- rect her feel- tions. If we do not have a moment 'ing's'."Ah 'ex- to si0p and listen to one of the p e r i e n c e d best musicians in the world play- family that is ing some of the finest music ever f a m i 1 i a r written on one of the most beau- working with tiful instruments ever made, how a traumatizedmany other things are we miss- Kaitylynn child will be ing as we rush through life? ideal. This is something for each of Kaitlynn needs support us to give thought to. Often we forming relationships with her fail to create margin in our life to peers and would do best in a enjoy life's treasures. By focus- home where she is an only ing on the destination, too often child. Kaitlynn also has sib- we discount the journey and we li'ngs, and would like to remain miss" blessings along the way. in contact with them. My challenge to you and to me today is to not be so busy that For more information about we miss beauty and opportunities foster or adoptive parenting that present us in our lives. There through the New Mexico Chil- are roses that should be smelled, dren, Youth and Families De- activities to be relished, smiles to partment, please call 1-800- be cherished, and moments that pizza, macaroni & cheese and 432-2075 or visit need to be savored. Don't miss Jewel Johnson was born in Paragould, Arkansas on Sept:. 17, 19,,7,,7, After .high ,school, sine ate. tended cosmetology and beauty college and later trained as a West- ern Union telegraph operator. In 1951 she moved to Lordsburg on a temporary assignment with Western Union. She met local businessman John A. Johnson, Jr. (Sept. 18, 1927 - May 5, 2014); the couple married on Sept. 27, 1952 at the First Baptist Church in Lordsburg. They had two daughers, Cherene Johnson (Bradshaw) and Cindy Johnson, both graduates of Lordsburg High School. Cherene resides in Texas and Cindy in Tucson. The Johnson family owned and operated the Recreation Hall (now known as Menudos), Johnson's Gift Shop (now occu- pied by the Cottage House), and these life opportunities, the Lordsburg Cafe (now known FirstBaptist Church [ It is the journey that counts, as the Whistle Stop). of Lordsburg I not the destination. Choose care- Jewell also worked at the ~ ~,~l, 3rd & Animus Streets] fully what you focus on, it will First National Bank (Western "-- Lordsburg, NM 880451 expand. Bank) and the administrative of- ',~'q 57 Just a thought.., rices of the Lordsburg Municipal Rick Kraft is a motivational Schools. She passed away on May speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunte r. corn mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. 20, 2006. At right, John and Jewell Johnson on their wedding day, Sept. 27, 1952 Healthcare Services Group, Inc. founded in 1977 is the nation's largest provider of support services to the heaIthcare industry. A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy CINTY JOHNSON~TucsoN . _Tu O_ c m o r i m Jewel J. McDaniel Johnson Sept. 17, 1927 - May 20, 2006 Happy Birthday Dad Six months have passed I'll never forget ihe day That you had to go away. The hurt is the same Like an open wound There are days you let me know You are still around. My You were like a rock Strong, wise and true thoughts still are about you I love you now As I did back then just hope that one day I will see you again. Who went before you. Forever in my heart. We are seeking candidates for full-time positions in housekeeping, laundry, and janitors to perform a variety of cleaning duties, linen services, and a variety of floor work to ensure the physical environment of our nursing homes and hospitals meet established standards for cleanliness, sanitation, infection control, and safety. If this is the career opportunity you have been looking for please apply in person at: Sunshine Haven, 6o3 I-Iadeeo Dr. in Lordsburg. Please ask for Jesus Lira. 1 ,JOE A. SANCIIEZ