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"HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 7 Just A Thought Twenty years undone in f00',e minutes By RICK KRAFT "It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five min- utes to ruin it." So says Warren Buffet. This is a drastic statement, but one that is hard to disagree with. How fragile are our reputations?They are like soap bubbles floating among rug- ged rocks. One poor choice can bring down a lifetime of good choices. A person's reputa- tion has a value. In the Old Testament of the Bible we are told at Proverbs 22:1, "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold" and at Ecclesiastes 7:1, "A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth." What is your reputation? What does your name stand for? Is what you believe your reputa- tion is consistent with what oth- ers believe it is also? A person's reputation will be directly impacted if he or she de- cides to step into the limelight. Individuals who move into lead- ership roles choose to have oth- ers accuse them of a blemished , reputation. In other words, the higher a person moves up in a leadership position, the more oth- ers will find fault.in the person's leadership choices. Leadership moves an individual into the cross hairs of others. Is it possible for a person to find a perceived fault in a leader, yet consider her a person of exceptionally high reputation? Our global attitude about a person drives our specific views. If a person is critical of another's leadership in general, he is not apt to describe the leader as a per- son of high reputation: Our job on this planet is not to win a popularity contest. In other words if your life is lived to try to make everyone happy from top to bottom and side to side and to keep from offending anyone, you probably don't stand for anything...at least anything worth while. It is the saying, "I would rather be disliked for what I am, COoking class to be held Nov. 12 Winter Squash: What is it and how do you cook it? The Hidalgo County Coop- erative Extension office will be hosting a free cooking class on November 12  at 6pm. The class will meet at the extension office located on the Hida!go County Fairgrounds. Class participants will learn how to prepare these versatile and de- licious additions to our winter table. Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut, arid Hubbard Squash will be pre- pared alotlg with learning how to make fresh pumpkin pie. Space is limited. Please call the Exten- sion office at 575-542-9291 to sign up. Rick Kraft Sunday School 9:45 AM Sunday Services 1 1 AM than to be liked for what I am not." To further impact matters, today we live in a day of instant communication. With social me- dia, regardless of whether a state- ment is accurate or not, it only takes an instant for a person's reputation to be tarnished. Within minutes of a bad decision being made, the entire community and the entire world can know about an event that damages or de- stroys a person's reputation. There is a differ- ence between reputa- tion and character. It has been said that character is mhde by what you stand for; repu- tation is made by what you fall for. I am not sure I completely agree with this statement. I agree that character is what you stand for, but I think that reputations can also be made by what you stand for. How is a person's reputation affected by a person's character? Character is who you are when no one is looking. My favorite visual of the difference between character and reputation was said by Abraham Lincoln when he shared, "Character is like a tree and reputation is like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing." I think this is a great visual of how character and reputation interact. They are related, but different. John Wooden summed this up when he said, "Be more con- cerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." You ,see, you can control your charac- ter. You control yourself: Some- times that is all you control. It may be limited to a three foot circle around you, but you control you. Nobody can make you com- promise your character unless you let them. Although you di- rectly control your character, you less directly control your reputa- tion. Your reputation is a percep- sion ended, the highly regarded judge did not end up with the award named after him. It wasn't until after he passed that he re- ceived the honor of having an award in his name. Just as a strong character is a springboard to a strong reputa- tion, Albert Einstein tied together virtue and success. He said, "Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value." So who are you when no one is looking? If you had no ac- countability to anyone, how would you live your life? What choices would you make? You are only who you are when no one is looking. My challenge to you is play on the one string that you have been given, your character. It may be one of the few things you can control. Work on an impeccable character and watch what hap- pens. Sidney Greenberg said, "Character is distilled out of our daily confrontation with tempta- tion, out of our regular response to the call of duty. It is formed as we learn to cherish principles and to submit to self-discipline. Char- acter is the sum total of all the little decisions, the small deeds, the daily reactions to the choices that confront us. Character is not obtained instantly. We have to mold and hammer and forge our- selves into character. It is a dis- tant- goal to which there is no shortcut." The sum total of small deeds reveal your character which in turn leads to your reputation. You control the tree of your character. Make good choices one at a time. Then cast a great shadow of a repu- tation by being a person of char- acter. 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@ kraftandhunter, com mailto : thekraftlawfirm @ aoL com or write to P.O. Box 850, RoswelL New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. State Police tion that can be influenced by variables outside your control, vHt,v,,h*r[zltil'l'! Perceptions are oftere wrong: I J 'fiehrd'a well kn0wn peaker'rce  P]anlned f0 V, say, "Just remerfiber,iam n0t:as r No good as others describe me to be, nor am I as bad as others say I am." That comment has stuck with me. One of the best ways to learn a person's character is to listen to how they describe the character of someone else. Think of someone you think highly of.. Someone with a seem- ingly impeccable reputation. What did he or she do to get there? How easy would it be for that per- son to fall? Serving as a leader of our New Mexico State Bar Associa- tion of lawyers years ago, I sat at a board meeting where we dis- cussed whether or not to name a prestigious award after a very reputable senior judge. We were moving down the path towards doing so when one of the attor- neys at the meeting said, what if we name the award after him and then he "falls" by conducting a bad act? "By the time the discus- First Baptist Church of Lordsburg p ie' 3rd & Animas Streets Lordsburg, NM 88045 i 5 -542-3787 Submitted by STATE of NM DEPT of PUBLIC SAFETYIA/buquer- que State Police will be conduct- ing Sobriety Checkpoints, Satu- ration Patrols, and Registration, Insurance and Drivers' License Checkpoints in all New Mexico counties during the month of November 2014. Our efforts continue to show a significant reduction in alcohol related fatalities. This is attributed to the continued media attention and intensive advertising. These checkpoi'nts are helping to change society's attitude about drinking and driving. People are choosing to not drink and drive. This is the biggest step in keep- ing impaired drivers from' crash- ing intb our friends and families. Hundreds of lives could be saved each year if every driver had the courage to make the right de- cision. A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg 04&mfrixm Margie Myers (Smith) (Livingston), 1948 Margie Myers Smith Livingston, 82, a longtime resident of Lordsburg passed awa On Friday, Sep- tember 26, 2014, at Sierra Medical Center in E1 Paso. Visitation was Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Lordsburg, followed by concluding services and interment at Moun- tain View Cemetery. Margie was born on New Year's Eve, 1931, in Silver City to Floyd Melvin Myers and Dorothy Bednorz Myers. Margie was educated in the Lordsburg schools and attended Lordsburg's first high school (Enrichment Center). She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Raymond T. Smith, second husband W.P. "Bill" Livingston, son Glen Ray Smith, and a brother, James Myers. Give family and friends gifts from the ADF Courtesy submission tree is planted in a high-need for- "The holidays are a time for Celebrate this year' s holiday est, and recipients are given a cer- thinking about others, and as you seoson with friends a.n&dvod. 4ificate-showing them.where the do, take a.mut 0il:while supporting cotlserva- : trees were plainer:: " ...... What you can do tO protect the '*tf'afid:'ree plan(flg :tl  : 13 V|iifriends ggifibf" beauty andSpd06'ie', '' membership .to the Arbor Day said Matt Harris, chief executive Foundation, recipients will also of the Arbor Day Foundation. be sent 10 free trees, which will To purchase holiday gifts be shipped at the right time of that give back to the planet, visit year for planting, arborday.org. " help of the Arbor Day Foundation. Returning for the sixth season in a row, Give-A-Tree cards from the Arbor Day Foundation offer a unique holiday giving opportu- nity with conservation benefits that will endure for generations. And again this year, Giv.e-A-Tree cards can be purchased individu- ally and with customized text. Purchasing the Arbor Day Foundation's specialty coffee helps preserve rain forests in Cen- tral and South America. The Foundation's Specialty Coffee is shade-grown under the canopy of Latin American rain forests. Un- like sun-grown coffee plantations, this traditional shade-grown method gives the coffee a rich and delicious flavor, while preventing the destruction of forestland. The Foundation's Trees in Cel- ebration program allows the giver to honor loved ones while sup- porting crucial conservation ef- forts. For each dollar donated, one HAPPY THDAY00 Cochise County Historical Society Luncheon set for December 7 Courtesy submission Mark your calendars on December 7 at 11:00 for registration to attend the Cochise County Historical Society luncheon/annual meet- ing at the historic Gadsden Hotel 1046 G Avenue, Douglas, AZ. The luncheon choices are: country-fried steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies; chicken parmesan w/seasonal veggies on a bed of spaghetti w/marinara; or pasta primavera w/veggie cream sauce, and garlic bread. All meals come with a tossed salad, dessert of choco- late mousse or ice cream, and water/iced tea for $20/person. Reserva- tion deadline is November 24, 2014. Following dinner CCHS board member and guest speaker, Rebecca Orozco will present the program "History of the Border." The annual meeting will follow with drawings for door prizes. To make your reservation, send your choice of meal and $20/ person to CCHS, POB 818, Douglas, AZ 85608 by November 24, 2014. Membership in CCHS is $20/year for family/individual or $25/year for businesses. Life memberships are available for $500. , Your Wife The Book Is In! For five years the Lordsbtlrg-Hidalgo Library hosted an annual Quilt Show, featuring quilts made by those  connected to or living in Hidalgo County. Those histories have been compiled into a hardbound coffee table book, Get your copy while d,., # e T,Td supplies last! There were 25o copies ordered and when they're gone... they're gone! 153 Allproceeds ,ill go to the Lords&rg Hidalgo Libra O, Friends Please make checks payable to Lordsburg Hidalgo Library Friends TO purchase or rerve your copy of the book, stop by the Lordsburg Hidalgo Public Library at =o8 E. 3rd Street or call 575.542.9646. Tha*k $',,. I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for coming out and supporting our food sale and dance and all those who donated. Although we still have a long way togo, we are now much closer to our goal of a kidney transplant. None of this would have been possible without your kindness and generosity and the hard work of my family and friends. I wish I could have been there to thank each of you personally, but due to my illness I was unable to make it. Please know that I appreciate your support and prayers. Thank you. Sincerely, Irma Garc/a M,d/eneaux