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HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 7 Just A Thought Take time to enjoy and treasure the journey Rick Kraft By RICK KRAFT A few years after graduating from High School when I was home from college, my father sat me down to have a visit. With tears in his eyes, he apologized and told me how sorry he was that he did not spend more time with me while I was grow- ing up. He told me it is sad how our lives are laid out; at the same time that we are rais- ing our children, we are working hard seek- ing to get ahead in our career. As a junior at Baylor University back in 1979, I remem- ber my Anthropology professor telling the class about a study which showed that if each person on earth worked only three hours a day, there would be enough food, clothing, and shelter for each of us to live a comfortable existence. His point was clear. The fact that we will each work far greater than three hours each day is a re- sult of our desire to get ahead in this world. I have always remem- bered that lesson. From time to time I wonder about the "Ameri- can way" and the high price we pay to get ahead. What we do with our time is a choice each of us makes. Some- times it seems that the world con- trois us rather than us controlling our world. We wander from one thing to another as if we are lost Bullying can affect you in many ways. You may lose sleep or feel sick. You may want to skip school. You may even be thinking about suicide. If you are feeling hopeless or helpless or know someone that is, please call the UFEUNE at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) For more resources, visit STAND UP in the trees rather than looking at the forest as a whole. We get so wrapped up in the trivial that we don't spend time on what is im- portant. Sometimes we get so fo- cused on the destina- tion that we fail to enjoy the journey. Our entire world is shaped around a point in time in the future when we feel everything will come together. We can still move towards the destination, but we need to remember the journey is what is important. I like this story about an American banker and a Mexican fisherman. It brings to- gether for me my father's sharing from his heart and the lesson taught by my college professor. An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with one fisherman came to the bank. Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American banker complimented the Mexican fisher on the quality of his catch and asked him how long it took him to catch those fish. The Mexi- can said, "It only took just a little while." The American asked, "Well, why don't you stay out longer and catch more fish?" The Mexican responded, "I have enough to meet my needs and to take care of my family. Why?" The American inquired, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The Mexican fisherman said, "Well I sleep late. I fish a little. I play with my children. I take a siesta with my wife Maria. I stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play the gui- tar with my amigos. I have a full and happy life." The American scoffed at him and said, "Look, I have a Harvard MBA, a Master's Degree in Busi- ness Administration and I can show you how to spend more time fishing. With the proceeds you can buy a bigger boat and then several boats, and then you would own a fleet of boats. In- stead of just selling your catch to the middleman, you could di- rectly control the whole market. You could shove out all of the middle people, control the can- nery, and then you could move from this small village to New York where you would control your worldwide empire." The fisherman with a puzzled look on his face said, "How long would this take?" The American replied, "About 20 to 25 years." The Mexican said, "But then what?" The American smiled and said, "Well that's the best part. When the time is right, you can announce an initial public stock offering and sell your company stock and become a multimil- lionaire." The Mexican looked at him in bewilderment and said, "And then what?" The American said, "And then you can retire and move to a small coastal fishing village where you can sleep late, fish a little, play with your grandkids, take a siesta with your wife Maria, and stroll to the village in the evening to sip wine, play the gui- tar, and sing with your amigos." What a powerful illustration about the choices that we make. We work away otir lives looking forward to a future that we could enjoy today. We get so wrapped up in looking upward as we seek to climb to the top of the ladder that we fail to realize that by the time we get there our family is gone and much of life has passed us by. My challenge to you today is to choose quality of life now. Don't spend your life trying to get to where you can be today. Life happens while we are mak- ing plans. Life happens while we fail to make plans. Either way, each day is lived and then it is gone. Enjoy and treasure each step of the journey. Don't over- work striving for a destination that you may find empty when you get there. Just a thought... Rick Kraft is a motivational speaker, a published author, and an attorney. To submit comments, contributions, or ideas, e-mail to or write to P.O. Box 850, Roswell, New Mexico, 88202 - 0850. After HI will be 68 years serving Hidalgo County, BISHOP CO. closing its' doors for good on June 30, 2015 ADDED THIS WEEK! 505 East 10th CLASS OF ! O ' What an amazsng ride' Lt a blessinll you have been from your first words, first steps, first mischievous act, first award, first athletic competition, first time you took the m ,----. wrong uniform to a game, first traffic  l citation, first speech, first welding a head, etc...y0u have made us PROUD[ l  l [U You have so many more firsts ahead l | of you. l Bill We cafft wait to see you succeed, |Ell are so proud of you and love you! [1 :: Dad, Niklas, Mom, m 5';' Norm, Moni & deep ' .:." ---? ::.-':-:-, A Picture From The Past By EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg Photo courtesy SILVER CITY MUSEUM SOCIETY 2005 CALENDAR SANTA .00ITA Santa Rita, NM, 1915 Mining at Santa Rita, east of Silver City, NM, in Grant County, began shortly after 1799, when a friendly Apache showed minerals from the copper deposit to Lieutenant Colonel Jose Manuel Carrasco, a Spanish soldier stationed in Janos, Mexico.. The Spanish soon established a military presidio at the Santa Rita del Cobre and used convict labor in the underground mines. Mule trains carried the copper south along the Copper Trail to Mexico City by way of Janos and Chihuahua. It has been said that Santa Rita was the source for almost all of the copper used in coins in Mexico between 1800 and 1840. Martin "Matt" Hayes, an experienced mining man from Colorado, bought the property from the original Spanish owners in 1873. Underground mining continued until 1910 when the open pit mining method using steam powered shovels was introduced. Over the years a number of major mining compa- nies have operated the Santa Rita mines, including the Santa Rita Mining Company, Chino Copper Company, Ray Consolidated Copper Company, Nevada Consolidated Copper Company, Chino Mines Division of Kennecott Copper Corporation and, most recently, the Phelps Dodge Mining Company. The Small town, beneath the distinctive landmark known as the Kneeling Nun, was gradually closed in the 1960s to make way for further expansion of the mine and by 1968, Santa Rita no longer existed. The site of Santa Rita is now lost in the open pit Chino copper mine which measures more than a mile and a half across the 1600 feet deep (2005 statistics). I ...................... ................................................... !d a A L D '::: 212 E, Motel Drive Suite 8 t// Lordsburg, NM 88045 , Name Address City, State, Zip I I I Fast Approval Build Your Credit No Checking Account Needed No Hassles Call Us Today/ Apply in person on coil ahead! 6ENTRY FINANCE 716 S. Main street * Lordsburg, NM Call today/ Eft 575-542-0 t}