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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011 7 Just A Thought The world from here at my desk By RICK KRAFT life even though I don't know I spend a lot of time at my desk here at home. At times it is the center of my universe. It is where I take thoughts that come into my mind and type them into my computer. After eleven years of writing this weekly column I can truly say that what happens here at my desk impacts other people each week. I heard a talk a few months ago called "Off the Wall" about say- ings that various indi- viduals have posted in their offices. It is inter- esting to visit people's work office or even home study to see how they have set up theirRick Kraft work area. Do they have pictures of family members? Do they have motivational signs? Do they cover their desk with papers or is the entire top of their desk exposed? Since it would be difficult to have each of you readers come visit my home office, I thought I would have a seat here at my desk, look around, type in what I see, and let you know why it is sig- nificant in my life. It is the world from here at my desk. There is a plaque on my desk quoting Martin Luther King, Jr. It reads "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole stair, case.". I also have a picture of Dr. King in his study from his home in Montgomery, Alabama standing in front of a picture of Mahatma Ghandi on his wall. I am a big fan of Martin Luther King, Jr. I have listened to and read many of his writings, have visited several landmark locations from his life and have enjoyed his museums. 1 have also written articles and given talks about his life. The quote on faith is one of my favorite quotes of Reverend King. Rarely is anything of sig- nificance ever accomplished without taking a great risk. The risk begins with a simple step that leads into an uncertain future. But the journey begins with the first step. The quote challenges me to step outside my comfort zone because of callings in my where the future will lead me. I have a sign on mydesk by the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. It reads "If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you." This reminds me of how blessed I am to have been married to my best friend for 27 years. I pray that I don't have to live a single day without her. Because of her, I have been able to accomplish many things in my life. Because of her, I have many accomplishments ahead. There is so much that slows people down that I don't have to worry about. The less energy I have to spend worrying or anxious about matters at home, the better able I am to help others outside of my home in a world that needs serving. Now, my wife sees me differ- ently than I see myself. On the credenza behind my desk is a two foot tall articulated model of Su- perman. His cap flows behind him and his arms are extended up into the air as if he is about to take off. At his feet is a sign that she moved from my desk. It reads "Dream Big." Behind my desk is a sketch my son drew of me dressed as Superman flying through the clouds. My wife calls me Superman from time to time. I am not sure I have much in common with Su- perman, but I do sometimes feel that saving the world is on my shoulders. I have many family pictures of my wife and two children on the credenza directly behind my desk. They are family pictures taken over the years that are mean- ingful as my children have grown and changed. I have a small yellow metal bus that reminds me of Switzer- land, a matchbox type car that reminds me of Italy, a little red London double decker bus, and an orange wooden Torii "gate" and some small colorful "kitty's" waving to remind me of Japan. These are special places I have visited and brought these souve- nirs back. I have a couple of pic-. , adoptive parents in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD to learn new things, She is a per- Becoming a foster or adop- fectionist who works on tasks tures of Abraham Lincoln with sayings below his pictures. One of them is "I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side." Besides appreciating what Abraham Lincoln did with his life, I constantly remind myself that I need to make sure that I am a part of God's story, and never to 'try to make God be a part of my story. On a bookshelf across from my desk is a wooden sign with the quote "Enjoy life, this is not a rehearsal." This reminds me that we have only one chance here on this planet. The days come at us and then they are spent. How we live our days is how we live our lives. Life is a motion picture, not a snapshot. It is constantly flowing, evolving and changing. God did not give any of us the ability to pause life, rewind, and start again at a previous date. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Also on my bookshelf is a wooden sign that quotes Philippians 4:8 from the Bible, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what- everis admirable, think on these things." Important words that re- mind me that I can choose what I think about. Above the door from inside my study is the sign, "Just An- other Day in Paradise." The sign reminds me that life is what I make it. My attitude determines my altitude. Whether I am happy with whatq have or unhappy with what I don't have, I have the same things. The attitude I choose can add to the lives of others 'or to take from them. In a nutshell, life is an atti- tude. There is so much in my life that I can't control, but one thing I can control is my attitude. My day to day experience in this world is tied to what I choose my experience to be. My challenge to you is to take time to look around your office or study as if you are visit- ing it for the first time. What do you see? What does your office say about you? What message is sent to a visitor to your work area? Is whatyour office says about you accurate? Have some fun with this. You can learn a lot about a person by looking at their office. Just a thought... Rick Krdft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDO/Lordsburg Photo courtesy NINA TALAVERA HOOD~Vail, AZ Merrymaking at La Fiesta Club, Lordsburg, mid-1940s Standing, left to right: Rey Talavera, Luis Carmona, Reyes Salinas Talavera and Angel Talavera (clowning for the camera). Reyes and Angel were husband and wife. Seated, left to fight: Angela Talavera (Rey's wife), Cuca Talavera Carmona (Luis's wife), and Rosa Talavera Salinas-Morelos. Rey, Angel, Cuca and Rosa were the sons and daughters of the late Mafia Varela Talavera and the late Feliciano Talavera, early Vatedon and Lordsburg settlers. The only surviving person in the picture is Cuca who is in her early nineties. tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meet- ing to be held this month of Febru- ary in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Fos- ter & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for, more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth until they are done correctly. Gabriella loves to dance and in her spare time can also be found playing co.m- puter games. She likes being around animals. especially dogs. When Gabriella is hungry, she en- joys Mexican food ...... prefer- ably homemade beans and chili. Gabriella would do best in a two- parent family with children that in her immediate age WHAT A CHILD LEARNS ABOUT VIOLENCE A CHILD LEARNS FOR LIFE. Gabriella are not range. For more information about adopting or fostering through the New Mexico Children. Youth and Name: Gabrlella Age: 14 Families Department. please visit Grade: 7tb www.CYFD.org or call 1-800- Charming Gabriella loves 432-2075. Stop in today and check out our wide variety of HolidaH Gifts! Ladies at La Fiesta Club, Lordsburg, mid-1940s This picture appeared in last week's edition of A Picture From the Past with incorrect names. We apologize for the error. We are featuring the photo again to correct the error and clarify confusion. Left to right: Frieda Estrada Noce (behind the bar), Paula Meza, Alice Barka. Cruz Avalos (dec'd), Leonor Meza Stewart, and Carmen Estrada Talavera. Frieda (dec'd) and Carmen were sisters. Paula and contributions, or ideas, e-mail to Leonor, both living, are sisters. We apologize in advance if Meza should be spelled Mesa. rwkTiTft@kr#fyBdhU;; ?C;Lell Pearce votes to.save NM agriculture jobs New Mexico. 88202 - 0850. GET CASH for your Gold jewelry, scrap, broken pieces, dental, any condition, 8K-t8K 575-639-2484 COTTAqE HOUSE 21 4 E. Motel Drive layaway p ogra Lordsburg! 214 E. MOI H, DRIVE IN LRDSBUR(; 5 42- 8 8 8 0 Submitted by REP. STEVE ers and ranchers to?" PEARCE'SOFFICEIWashington, "The caucus I Chair, the DC Congressional Western Caucus. Last. week. Congressman released a Jobs Frontier Report Steve Pearce voted in favor of that highlights 40 bills, that will H.R. 1633. the Farm Dust Regu- reduce job killing regulations lation Prevention Act of 2011. and start to put Americans back which would temporarily halt to work." Pearce continued, the EPA's plans to revise the to "The Farm Dust bill was high- place additional restrictions on lighted in the report, because farm dust that is sometimes this legislation will give farm- kicked up by vehicles or farm ers and ranchers the certainty equipment on dirt roads, they need to continue to invest "The EPA's actions to fur- in their businesses without fear ther regulate dust are a tremen- of harsh regulations. dous overreach that would pro- Washington's purpose must be hibit New Mexico farmers and to expand job creation, not to ranchers from doing their jobs," control it so that this country can said Pearce. "The dust under once again be the America consideration here is naturally where anything is possible and occurring and the amount pro- success is rewarded." duced is controlled by rainfall H.R. 1633 provides for a and blowing winds. If the EPA. one-year moratorium on the cannot control those factors. EPA from adding any additional why should we expect our farm- dust regulations already regu- lated under state, tribal or local law on production agriculture and rural America. The Farm Dust Regulation .Prevention Act passed the House of Represen- tatives on December 8. 2011 with a final vote of 268-150. Congressman Pearce was the only New Mexico Representa- tive to vote in favor of this bill which supports our fanning and ranching communities. Santa Claus is coming to Western Bank T hursday-December 15 3:30PM-5:00PM For Scrooge's schedule please visit: LORDSBURG 140 E. Motel Drive 575-542-3521 Friendliest Bank in the SouthwestT~l~