Friday, May 9, 2014

Bits & Pieces: Lessons

Have you ever had one of those weeks when little "life lessons" kind of jump out at you in a variety of ways?

You know those lessons. Things that make you "snap" out of a rut and make you stop and go "hum."

Here's a few of the lessons I've been learning.

Take time to relax

Ok, it's no secret - you can probably drive by The Grove Sun office at any given time, and see my car.

In the last year, I've poured a lot of energy and time into the paper. That's a good thing. I like what I'm doing. Really. (To paraphrase from Sally Fields, I "really, really like" you guys.

But now, after a year, I'm learning to take a bit of time for myself. I'm delegating a bit more, having a few stringers we're developing cover a few events. It's not that I don't think that everything is important, it's just that, well, sometimes I need to unplug and shut my brain off.

On Sunday I did that.

Last weekend, I was gifted with a couple of tickets to the Renaissance Festival in Muskogee. It was unexpected and it meant that I got to go to something that's been on "my bucket list" of sorts for years.

I mean, I've heard about the festival for years, but never took the step to go.

Let me tell you, it wasn't what I expected, and it was a whole lot of fun. It's a bit like "dress up" for adults. I won't "out" my friend who gave me the ticket, but let's just say, she really gets into character at the fair.

It was a chance to unwind, relax and well, just have fun with a friend. It was a needed time away.

Respect

This quote popped upon my Facebook feed in the last couple of days.

"Show respect even to people who don't deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours." - Dave Willis

Let's face it, we all have bad days, and sometimes we're not perfect. I see this as a reminder that no matter what life tosses at us, we should always reflect what we want to see, not what the person deserves.

Faith

It's always cool when people of faith gather to worship. Spending time with people in the community at the National Day of Prayer service, organized by the Grove Area Ministerial Alliance, was quite moving.

It's amazing (I'll probably say this a lot in the next few columns) to see how many people I have met in the last year - this was my second NDP event.

Thanks to the alliance for pulling the service together. I'm glad we live in a community where denomination differences are put aside, and members of the community can gather to worship together.

For those who had to listen to me speak (someone had to talk for the media right?) my deepest apologizes. As I said, with a laugh, I'm a writer, not speaker. Thanks for not throwing tomatoes - and for the encouragement post speech.

This weekend is Mother's Day. If you haven't purchased something nice for your mom, put the paper down and head to the store. (Just kidding.) Take time to tell your mom, grandma, aunt or really, any woman who has played a significant role in your life, how much you love them. It's a funky holiday that reminds us to do something we should do on a daily basis - so use it as an excuse to say "I love you." I promise you won't regret it.

So here's the bits and pieces for this week. Have a great weekend, be safe and enjoy the sun!

Editor's Note: This column originally appeared in the May 9, 2014 issue of The Grove Sun. 

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