By now, you know that our greatest power is the power to choose. In that any given situation we decide or choose to respond or react.

By now, you know that our greatest power is the power to choose. In that any given situation we decide or choose to respond or react.
This past week, 100-plus people chose to attend the Goal Setting and Goal Achieving seminar at Memorial Auditorium. Those who attended chose to get better results and to get them sooner.  Goal Setting is the master skill. It’s really difficult to hit a target you can’t see or isn’t even there.
The ages stretched from 14 to some over 80, which justifies the saying, “Goals are for everyone.” We talked about the process of goal-setting — namely it has to be specific, in writing, with a deadline, how to plan to overcome obstacles as you pursue your goals and to look for possibilities and new limitations. The main purpose of the evening was to become a solution seeker.  For those of you who wanted to come, yes, we’ll do it again soon.
Goethe one time said “to have more, you must do more, but to do more you must first be more.” We talked a lot about balance in our lives and how other people helped us grow. I singled out how other people really helped and encouraged me. Betty Kunshek sent me the following poem:
“Once someone said some nice things about me and all undeserved though I know it to be,
I treasured it there on my heart’s deepest shelf.
Until one day, I quite surprised even myself
By honestly making an effort to be,
Because somebody said, something nice about me.”
Thanks, Betty.
So look for the good in others. There’s an abundance of it out there.  It’ll be one of your greatest rewards, and it’s all about the power to choose.  It’s not what’s happened, but our attitude about what happened.
Wednesday’s paper was a great example about attitude of choosing. In a letter to the editor, the writer was complaining about a stop light on Broadway and what a nuisance it was. Actually, when I was driving down Broadway just a few days earlier, I was amazed on how well the lights were timed.  Somehow, I could go from 10th to Fourth streets without stopping — not always, but many times. I don’t always like red lights, but long ago decided that stop lights were really go lights. Think of the mess if there weren’t any lights at all. Remember just a while back about the many complaints about the traffic delay while Rouse and Fourth streets were under construction?  Now Fourth and Rouse is a breeze. It’s all about attitude. Life is not a free lunch. The giving and receiving always goes on an equal sharing.
On the next page of Wednesday’s paper was a story about “Angels Among Us” and how these volunteers were having a café at the Crawford County Fair and all the proceeds would go to a charitable organization. Two stories on the same day, but different choices. Congratulations to the Angels.
Speaking of sharing, I attended mass in Joplin, Mo., Sunday and the priest gave a five-minute sermon.  He told a story about a boy with two fishes and five loaves of bread and how it fed 5,000 men. When it was over, the Lord said to pick up the leftovers — and it filled 12 baskets. 
The priest concluded the story recognizing the boy for his sharing and remarked, “Now, go share your treasures.” Did you ever stop to wonder what happened to the 12 baskets of food? I’d like to think the Lord gave it to the boy with the two fishes and five loaves. And as the late Paul Harvey would say, “Now you know the rest of the story.”
Things have been good, but the best is yet to come. 6:27

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