The Meridian Star
A presentation on stress management and the reading of award-winning short story were among highlights of the August meeting of the Center Hill Community Development Club.
In her presentation "Stress Management for Women," club member Caroline Wilson shared the following:
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question: "Half empty or half full?"
She fooled them all.
"How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called varied from 8 ounces to 20 ounces.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden-holding stress longer and better each time practiced. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night – pick them up tomorrow."
• Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
• Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
• Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
• Drive carefully...it's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
• If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
• If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
• It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
• Never buy a car you can't push
• Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
• Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
• Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
• The second mouse gets the cheese.
• When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
• Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
• Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
• We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp; some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
• A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on detour.
• Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
• And most importantly, save the earth...It's the only planet with chocolate!
Wilson also shared a story about God's grace:
I asked God to grant me patience.
"'God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted; it is earned.'"
I asked God to give me happiness.
"God said, 'No, I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.'"
I asked God to spare me pain.
"God said, 'No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.'"
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
"God said, 'No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.'"
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
"God said, 'No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.'"
I asked God to help me love others as much as he loves me.
"God said, 'Ah, finally you have the idea!'"
Club president Robin Doerner read her short story submitted in the Lauderdale County Homemakers' Creative Writing Contest – "Yesterday Through His Eyes," which earned her a blue ribbon and advancement to the state competition. Doerner said the story was narrated to her by club member John Lisenbe, who turned 97 this year.
Brother Wallace Terry presented the devotion reading from Seeds from the Psalms, a selection titled "Semper Fi."
"Do you know what Semper Fi means?" Terry asked of the well-known motto of the US Marines.
He read the story of a young boy named Byron who made a request of his parents every evening as he walked to his bedroom.
"Check on me," he would ask even though they took every precaution to make certain that our home was safe from any threat or danger. They realized there was nothing more comforting that a night visit before the lights were turned off; that knowing that someone was near by and readily available if an emergency arose made falling asleep much easier.
The need to know that we are safe and secure is important to each of us. Warnings about possible problems surround us wherever we go or whatever we do and sometimes seems to get in the way of life. But, warnings are important to warn us of impending dangers.
Psalm 91 reminds us of the unpredictability, yet the certainty, of dangers that await us. It does not do this to frighten us, but to give the assurance that we are safe at all times and in all situations because of the faithfulness of our God. The Psalmist assures of the safety and security we have in God with these words: "You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that strikes at midday...IF you make the Most High your dwelling!"
Semper Fi. How gracious of our God to assure us that He is always faithful and that we do not need to ask Him to "check on us" – He does it constantly.
Yard of the Month for July was awarded to David and Barbara Singleton on Highway 495 and Judy and Kenneth Rutledge on Gumlog Road for August.
Stanley Lucky's safety report was on the importance of home inspections to make sure everything is in working order.
"Especially when it comes to electrical/gas appliances and other energy producing items in the home," he said. "Anything used improperly or not in good working order that could cause fires or other damages to the homeowners well being."
Guest David Sharp, who serves as director of the Lauderdale Emergency Management Agency (LEMA), reminded the club that we were in the midst of hurricane season, nearing the anniversary of Katrina. He noted the importance of being prepared. Hurricane preparedness lists can be found on many Internet sites, he advised.
The club's next meeting will be Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. Community residents are encouraged to attend.
• Submitted by Cathy Clearman, reporter.