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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY ocTOBER 28, 2011 ' 7 Just A Thought D0 not be past or future, be sure and be present be accomplishing today. Former child star and U.S. diplomat Shirley Temple Black learned this truth about living for today. When someone asked her the key to a successful mar- riage, she told a story about her husband, Charles, and his mother. When Charles was a boy, he approached his mother and asked her, "What was the happiest moment of your life?" His mother sur- prised him by answering, "This By RICK KRAFT BREATHE! Breathe in and breathe out deeply, Be present! Do not be past. Do not be future. BE NOW! Where are you living your life? Are you living in your past, your present, or your future? Has something happened in your past - that you continue to struggle to overcome? Is there something " coming up that you are overly ' worried or anxious about? Either - of these can take energy from you living your life today. Oftentimes our past or our future robs us of what we need to Rick Kraft Vreelands renew vows Ernest and Cecilia Vreeland, Iongtime Lordsburg residentscel- ebrated 45 years of marriage with a renewal ceremony at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Lordsburg on October 15, 2011 (above). The Vreelands were first married on July 5, 1966 (below). Ernest and Cecilia are the parents of JoAnne Rocks and her hus- band Jason, Cindy Bejarano and her husband, Kenny, and the late Ernie Vreeland Jr. Witnesses at the renewal ceremony were Les and Linda Robnett of Tucson, Arizona. moment, right now." Charles blinked and then asked, "But what about all the other happy moments in yourlife? What about when you were mar- fled?" "What about the day I was born?" She laughed and said, "My happiest moment then was then. My happiest moment now is now. You can only really live in themoment you are in. So to me that is always the happiest moment". My wife Tanya and I got back a couple of weeks ago from a two day Catalyst conference in Atlanta, Georgia which had the theme "Be Present." In our lives, it is important for each of us to be present. We should live the only day we have to live, and that is today. We can't change a minute of the past. We aren't guaranteed tomorrow. Today may be it for any of us. Six years ago this week, on October 30, 2005, a young 33 year old pastor was in a church baptistry and ready to baptize a woman in front of his congre- gation. His name was Kyle Lake. He was the pastor of University Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, the church where Christian musician David Crowder leads praise music. Pastor Lake had written out the sermon he was to deliver that morning after the baptism. While in the baptistry he reached for a microphone and was electrocuted in front of his wife, his three children, and his congregation of 800. He passed from this world a couple of hours later. The sermon Pastor' Lake was not able to deliver to his church that fateful day was shared by his widow at his fu- neral and, six years later, his message lives on as words of wisdom that each of us should live by. Here is what he wrote to share that Sunday morning: "Live. And Live Well: BREATHE. Breathe in and breathe deeply. BE PRESENT. Do not be past. Do not be fu- ture. BE NOW. On a crystal clear, breezy 70 degree day, roll down the windows and FEEL the wind against your skin. Feel the warmth of the sun. "If you run, then allow those first few breaths on a cool Autumn day to FREEZE your lungs and do not just be alarmed, be ALIVE. Get knee- deep in a novel and LOSE track of time. "If you bike, pedal HARD... and if you crash then crash well." "Feel the SATISFA(TION of a job well done--a paper [ 8 00 tO 10 30 AM ! 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Taste every ounce of flavor. Taste every ounce of friendship. "Taste every ounce of life. Because-it-is-most-definitely-a- gift." Pastor Lake would always close his sermons with the words, "Love God, embrace beauty, and live life to the full- est." My challenge to you today is to recognize that life is fleet- ing. There are people in our community dying each day. None of us are guaranteed to be around in ten years, next year, or even tomorrow. Live today to its fullest. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Write in your heart that every day is the best day of the year." Dale Carnegie said, "One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dream- ing of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoy- ing the roses that are blooming outside our windows today." Today is the best day of your life. It is the only day you can live. Live and live well. Breathe in and breathe deeply. Be present. Do not be past. Do not be future. Be now. 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 @ 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 ENEDINA GUTIERREZ NAVA GROSSI/CA OM00m00r/xm Francisca Vasquez Gutierrez Oct. 10, 1892 - Oct. 10, 1972 Francisca V. Gutierrez was the daughter of Natividad Vasquez and Manuela Bonilla Vasquez. She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico on Oct. 10, 1892. The family moved from Chihuahua to Tyrone, New Mexico, in or about 1895; when Francisca was two years old. She grew up in the Tyrone and Hurley, NM mining communities Francisca met her future husband, Leonardo Sanchez Gutierrez, in Hurley where they were married.. He was the son of Serapio Gutierrez and Antonia Sanchez Gutierrez. Leonardo and Francisca raised a family of nine children: Petra G. Rodriguez, Paula G. Hogan, Merced ('Chele') V. Gutierrez, Santiago V. Gutierrez, Jovita G. Alvarez, Incz V. Gutierrez, Enedina G. Nava Grossi, and Maria Luisa G. Duran. Petra and Paula were born in Hurley; the other children were born in Lordsburg and were all raised in the historic Northside neighborhood of Lordsburg. Francisca devoted her life to raising her family and as a home- maker. Leonardo operated a trucking business in Lordsburg, but his primary source of income was that of a woodcutter. During the Great Depression, Leonardo transported commodities from Santa Fe to Lordsburg, and fruits and vegetables from the farms in Virden and Safford, AZ. After the death of Leonardo in 1951, Francisca moved to Califor- nia to live with her children. She passed away on Oct. 10, 1972. Of the nine children born to Leonardo and Francisca, three are still liv- ing: Merced, Jovita, and Enedina. NOW O0 000' , n . Wewan00 to. make you a Ioanl Build Your Credit. No Checking Account Needed. 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