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Life is about connections. A couple of Fridays ago I was asked to be the emcee of the annual Jerome Chamber of Commerce Banquette. That night I met over a dozen really awesome people I did not know before that night. Had I not emceed the event, I would have missed the opportunity to make some new friends. That would have truly been a loss on my part.
Although I do enjoy speaking in public, being an emcee is definitely not something that falls within my comfort zone. I had never done it before. Initially when I was asked, I said no. I said no mainly because of my thick Texas accent. Although I am proud of the state I called home for over 40+ years, I am not proud of my vernacular which includes words like y’all and fixin’. I also wish I could discontinue elongating every vowel in every word I pronounce (example-the word Ice. I pronounce this word with about five I’s in a row. Iiiiice). All that said, I went ahead and accepted the offer to emcee and it was a lot of fun. I talked for about 20 minutes and it was mainly telling stories and self-depreciating humor. If you were in attendance at the banquette, I hope you had a good time and thank you for laughing at my not so funny jokes.
In July of last year I decided that every week I was going to do something I had never done before. At first it was a challenge. I really had to work at it to make it happen. Now it comes easier. Perhaps with every new challenge comes more confidence? I wish I would have thought up this challenge a long time ago. Above in the 2nd paragraph, I mentioned the word comfort zone. I don’t think it is possible to grow while inside of your comfort zone. You have to step out to step up. Do you have any plans this week that will require you to step out of your comfort zone? Perhaps you should make a pact with yourself to follow my lead and try to do something new each week? I promise it is a lot of fun, builds confidence and creates some good memories.
Speaking of memories, I recently read about a guy named Cesar Kuriyama. On his 30th birthday he quit his job and began a project called “One Second Every Day.” The premise of his project is that every day he is going to capture one second of video. The most memorable event of the day. At the end of each week he edits the seven seconds of video together. He is committed to doing this for the rest of his life. Since life is essentially a series of moments, by capturing one second of video each day he says that most people will be able to recall and entire day’s events when they see the edited video at the end of the year. I tried it for a couple of weeks and it works. Here is a link to Cesar’s video http://vimeo.com/37792362# . In Kuriyama’s video, one part that resonated with me was when it shows him and his family sitting at the hospital when his sister became ill. As some of you know, my daughter Ellie has cancer. Now that Ellie is coming to the end of her treatments, I look back and the pictures when she was so sick and I can remember almost everything about the day the picture was taken. Although most of the pictures capture a very sad moment, now that she is almost healed seeing the images bring me both happiness and motivation. I think it is a transference of energy because the pictures remind me of the strength and courage Ellie has had since her diagnosis. She is an inspiration. Although the cancer is terrible and she was forced to grow up way too soon, she will carry these life lessons with her forever.
PS – I received a speeding ticket the other day while driving East on Poleline Road down by the hospital. Yes, I was doing 50 in a 35 mph zone, and yes I broke the law, and yes I deserved the ticket and $90 fine. What really irritates me are the circumstances in which I received the ticket. First off that stretch of Poleline Road, from the hospital to Blue Lakes, is three wide lanes of traffic in either direction, divided in the middle, with protected turning lanes. It is a freaking highway! It looks like a highway and it feels like a highway. The police in Twin Falls know this and that is why they choose to run radar on this stretch of road (Lots of easy targets). If I thought for one second that the city was running radar on this stretch of road because they were concerned for my safety or for the safety of other drivers, or if the data shows a high number of wrecks on this stretch of road due to speed, I would not be upset. Their motivation, and only motivation as far as I can tell, is to write a ticket and collect the revenue for the city. This is wrong! If their motivation was anything else, they would not choose this stretch of “highway” and hide right over the crest of the hill in unmarked cars. I have a few friends who are local police officers and I am friends with the Chief of Police as well as the Mayor and the City Manager. That said, it is not easy for me to criticize the city or the police. My point is that I think someone needs to take a look at the speed limit on this stretch of road and change it to something more appropriate, like continuing the 45 mph zone up to Fillmore Ave. I would be remiss if I did not say that the officer that wrote me the ticket was both polite and professional. He did not offer to cut me any slack and I gave him no reason to do so either. When he asked me why I was speeding I said, “I was not paying attention” and handed him my license and insurance. Obviously I was in a hurry, so he expeditiously wrote the ticket. I will end with what my best friend who is a highway patrol in Texas says at the conclusion of each traffic stop; Be safe, and have a nice day :)