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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 7 Just A Thought Whipped cream on saturday mornings By RICK KRAFT There is nothing like whipped cream on Saturday mornings. Saturday mornings are my favorite time of the week. I get up by 5 or 6 o'clock each Satur- day before the sun comes up and, as the early morning hours arrive, I enjoy some quiet time without any expectations on my world. It is "me" time of sorts. I make a pot of coffee and then I sit at my desk in my study. As the sun rises I enjoy some free time. While the rest of the world sleeps, I have uncommitted time to do whatever I want. I have an entire day ahead to accom- plish other things-that need doing, so early Saturday mornings belongs to me. Early on Satur- day mornings I begin my day by writing an encour- aging note to another person. Then I move in whatever direc- tion my heart moves me. I have the opportunity to advance the ball on some project (or projects) that I want to work on. I may work on one of these "Just a Thought" columns, as I am doing on this Saturday morning. I may prepare a Sun- day School lesson or I might work on a talk I am set to give. I may pay bill or work on the stack of papers on the side of my desk that has grown from the .previous week. On Saturday mornings, I often fill my study with music. Without the pressure that life puts on me, I relax and unwind. Rick Kraft Apache War Dance/Self Defense PO Box 520 Lordsburg, NM 88045 bidandeechohi @yahoo.com It is a treat at the end of each week and a time to be refreshed between the bookends of living a very busy life. Everyone needs a place to go that is their "zero" location or their "let's start anew" spot. A place they can "reset" their lives and start again. Dr. John Maxwell, a speaker I regularly listen to, says he has a "thinking chair" that he retreats to. He says he makes it a priority to spend time in his chair regularly. Dr. Maxwell says that every day he does his best to spend some time in his special chair, time just letting his mind think about whatever needs thinking about. It is part of a ritual, a point of refer- ence, a location and a time that helps put the rest of his crazy world in per- spective. Each of us needs a time and a location to retreat to. Hopefully, we all spend most of our waking hours mak- ing a difference in the lives of others. There are many needs around us that need attention. There are entirely too many needs for any one of us to even attempt t.o meet individually. But we still must seek to meet the needs of others. We should first ask our- selves the question, "What are the needs that only I can meet?" Generally at the top of our list is our own family. Only I can be the husband my wife needs or the father my children need. After the most immediate needs, there is an entire community and big world that also has needs. We must identify those needs outside our doors and then do what we can to help fill them. W'hen we board a flight and the flight attendant is briefing us on what to do in the event of an emergency, we are told that if the cabin is depressurized," we should first put the air mask on our own face before tending to the needs of the child or senior next to us that needs help, The concept is that if we aren't equipped ourselves, we can't help another. We need to be sure we are equipping ourselves. So, if we are living our lives to make a positive impact on the lives of others, we are spending most of our lives focused on others., We are trying to stay ahead of or come a!ong behind another or others who need help. If we do this, when do we get refreshed ourselves? If we can't refill our own glass, how can we pour ourselves into others? It is so important for each of us to have a place and a time to equip ourselves, some "me" time to come up for air before going back under. Do you have a place and time in your life? Are you set- ting aside a period to get re- freshed and rejuvenated? My challenge to you today is to dedicate your life to help- ing others, but don't miss some "you" time. Give, give, give to others, but mix in a place, a time that you can be free from the expectations of others. Selfish time that you can just relax and make sure your life is in order. Oh yes, I almost forgot to explain the whipped cream thing. When I first get up each morning, I make coffee for our home. To save calories, I usu- ally don't put whipped cream on top of my .cup of hot coffee. That is, I don't put whipped cream on my coffee except on Saturday mornings. Early Saturday mornings belong to me. You see, I cel- ebrate early each Saturday morning with whipped cream on my coffee. I think I will have another sip right now... Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit com- ments, contribution s , or ideas, e-mail to rkraft @ kraftandhunter, corn mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ aol.com or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy RAMON RENTERIAJAIbuquerque Rufugio "Cucita" Verdugo and Ysidro "Chilo" Verdugo - early 1940s, in front of the Verdugo house in south Lordsburg. The house was built by their father, Juan Verdugo, using sun-dried adobe bricks. Adobe was the construction material of choice for many people in Valedon and Lordsburg, especially during and after the Great Depression. Cucita and Chilo are the daughter and son of the late Jua n Verdugo and Carmen Nevarez Verdugo. Juan and Carmen settled in Lordsburg in the early 1930s, when mining operations closed down in Valedon, a small mining community south of Lordsburg. Juan and Carmen raised a family of 3 sons -- Valente (dec'd.), Octavio, and Ysidro ("Chilo"); and 3 daughters -- Petra, Gloria (dec'd.), and Refugio ("Cucita"). The Verdugo house was demolished when 1-10 ripped through Lordsburg in the 1970s. \\; Affordable electricity is essential to our New Mexico economy. As the consumer-owned, not-for-profit power supplier to New Mexico's electric cooperatives, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has been energizing rural communities throughout the Land of Enchantment for more than a decade. 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