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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2010 7 Just A Thought Which appetite are you working on today? By RICK KRAFT More, more, more...each day we get up we live life with one satisfy our appe- tites. From the time we get up until the time we go to bed at night, our lives are an effort to get more. There are many needs we all have: food, sleep, love, family, fi- nancial security, sex, time, success, power...and the list goes on and on. When we identify needs that we have, the question arises, "How much do we need to satisfy each need?" Sometimes, in- stead of how much is needed, the larger question is how much is enough? Oftentimes our appe- tites are never fully and finally satisfied. We are all a bundle of appe- tites. We live our lives seeking to fill our appetites. How you man- age your appetites will determine the direction your life goes. The need to fill our ever growing appetites is best illus- trated by a quote by billionaire John D. Rockefeller. In 1902 it is believed Mr. Rockefeller's net worth was about two percent (2%) of the net worth of our entire coun- try. He was once asked "How much money is enough money?" Mr. Rockefeller replied "Just a little bit more." I am not saying that appetites Rick Kraft are not good, only that they can dominate our lives and, without discipline, can ruin our lives or take our lives a direction we don't need to be going. I heard a speaker at a confer- ence earlier this month say "God created us with appe- tites and sin has dis- torted them." Another interpretation of this concept is that too much of a good thing can be- come a bad thing. Or an appetite created for good can be fulfilled poorly. The first example in the history of man- kind took place in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve lived in paradise with domain over their world. They had the appetite for more. Satan tempted them and Adam, with an appetite to have more, yielded to tempta- tion. His appetite for more brought him and mankind down. We get back to the question, how much is enough? The little voice in our head repeatedly whis- pers, "Just a little bit more, just a little bit more, just a little bit more..." The response each of us has to this question is what drives each of our lives. We need to live our lives within a proper range for each of our appetites. For example, if we decide to quash our appetite to eat and choose not to eat, we die. If we decide to not bridle our ap- I hope my diligence and hard work during this election has earned 3'our vote. I will apply that same positive work ethic in the courtroom to serve Hidalgo Count3: Nyla Magistrate Judge VOTE NOV. 2 Vote for Experience! FA! Love, Your Family! I petite to eat and do so as much and as often as we can, we add pounds that don't need to be added. If we decide to try to live on two hours of sleep a night, we won't be around long. If we de- cide to sleep fourteen hours a day, we will substantially cut into oth- erwise productive time each day. If we are unmotivated to earn an income, we don't have funds to live off of. If we don't bridle the goal to earn income, we be- come workaholics and we will likely neglect family and other priorities in our life. It is all about appetites. We often think that if we get to a cer- tain point, we can once and for all satisfy an appetite. What we learn is that the appetite follows us each step of our lives. Fulfill- ing appetites is not a destination, it is a life journey. Whether we are 30 and trying to climb the lad- der at work or 60 and trying to decide how many more years to work, the appetite for financial security is the same. Your failure to manage your appetites will allow them to con- trol you. So how do you manage your appetites? Ultimately the brake that keeps any of us from over indulging is discipline. How much of it do you have? If I asked you to score your- self from 1 to 10 on a discipline scale with l0 being high disci- pline and 1 being low, what would your score be? Probably your score would differ depend- ing on which area we are talking about. For example, your score in the appetite of food may be dif- ferent than your score in the ap- pet'ite of being appreciated. Your score in the appetite of sleep may be different than your score in the appetite of success and power. Regardless, our lives involve a series of appetites. My challenge to you is to first recognize the appetites that you have. Understand that hav- ing appetites is healthy. That is the way 3od made you. Second, and mo're importantly, under- stand the importance of control- ling your appetites and not let- ting them control you. Most all of your problems can be solved by the person you see when you look in the mirror. Be careful how you respond to the little voice that constantly whispers "just a little bit more, just a little bit more..." How you respond to this voice will deter- mine your destiny one choice at a 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 @ mailto: thekraftlawfirm @ or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. ' NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS Notice is hereby given by Patsy M. Camacho, Hidalgo County Treasurer, that the 2010 Property Tax Schedule has been delivered by the Assessor of Hidalgo County and the taxes on said Tax Schedule are due and payable. First half due November 10, 2010, they become delinquent December 11, 2010. Second half due April 10, 2011, they become delinquent May 11, 2011. Tax bills will be mailed out by November 1, 2010. If you do not receive you r tax bills, please call 542-9313 or come by the Treasurer's Office at the Courthottse on 300 S. Shakespeare, Lordsburg, New Mexico 88045. RECEIPTS will be returned if payments are accompanied by a STAMPED SELF- ADDRESSED ENVELOPE or kept in our office till picked up by customer. Patsy M. Camacho Hidalgo County Treasurer o29c PO#10-1445. I lmm ] If you are happy with the current I Sheriff's Departm.ent Administration, i then I am asklng you to vote ]" for my opponent. Imf you want/rue CHANGE,, ) Vote for me. * m ',) :oo,,, N' Z"sY2: I a" Warren D. Walter [i  ) [OO' Hidalgo County Sheriff on November 2, 2010 Vote for Experience! A Picture From The Past submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg OM00mori00m Rex Kipp Jr. 1933 - 2010 00HARN THOMAS Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge , 25 Years Law Enforcement Experience " Retired, New Mexico State Police Chief of Police, City of Lordsburg " Bachelor's Degree, Criminal Justice " Member, Lordsburg Municipal School Board " Active Community Member . . p 00HARK THOHAS ,ooo, Hidalgo County Magistrate Judge | |