The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
The Importance Of Old Fashioned Values
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas season it is good to reflect on the things to be thankful for in one's life. With all the hatred and negativity in the world, we all need love and positive interactions. We all want acceptance by others.
If we let God guide our lives that is the best blessing we can have. There are probably examples in most of our lives where He helped protect us and make our lives more meaningful. It is good to see some, such as Albert Pujols pointing to heaven, whenever he hits a home run to show his appreciation for what God does for him each day, that too many of us tend to take for granted.
Our second most important decision is in picking a lifetime partner with whom we can get along. I have been very fortunate to have had two wives who were very easy to get long with.
The reason they were good matches is that God definitely played a major role in bringing us together. He tends to bring together those who have similar values and priorities in life.
My present wife and I learned the importance of hard work at an early age. She was raised on a farm and had cows to milk, chickens to attend and field work, including detasseling, to do.
I used to carry buckets of water to fill cow troughs, deliver milk around town, then go to school and go out for all school sports, then go clean out the Industrial Arts shop to earn spending money, and finally go home for supper and study time.
Many in our generation did similar things and kids today think they have it tough. The work ethic my wife learned at an early age carries over today. She is usually up at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. doing housework, writing letters or reading. Something happened to my work ethic along the way. My get up and go, got up and went.
We were both fortunate to be raised in homes where loyalty, honesty, and respect for others was emphasized. She is one of those rare people today who has very good self discipline in regard to eating, and no smoking, drinking, cussing, gambling, or any other bad habits.
Although my wife is in her early seventies, she does not require any medications, although she does take vitamins.
Often we tend to treat the ones closest to us, such as other family members, the worst. At this holiday season it is important to remember God's greatest commandment, "Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul and mind and thy neighbor (including family) as thyself".
When I returned home after Thanksgiving I was surprised to find a very pretty wreath hanging on my front door.
As I looked around at other apartment doors I noticed they all had one in different colors. I asked my neighbors about them and no one seemed to know where they came from.
So to whomever the Christmas elves are, we wish you would let us know who you are so we could thank you and wish you a Merry Christmas.