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March 20, 2014

Strengths and Weaknesses

I will never understand the kind of person who criticizes others for lacking ability in his own area of competency.  

I, for example, never have and never will be able to keep a neat office.  I wish for it, endlessly work at it, intensely admire others who accomplish it with seeming ease, but it is just not my area of gifting.

What I can do well is organize a huge event like a fundraiser, community health fair or weekend retreat, planning everything from beginning to end down to the smallest details. I’m proficient at developing instructional programs and writing curricula.  And I’m a skilled accompanist. So it would make about as much sense for a competent housekeeper to criticize my messy personal space as for me to fault someone who has never taken lessons for not being able to play the piano.

Spelling has always come naturally to me.  Does that mean my assistant’s job security is threatened because she’s not the world’s best speller?  By no means!  She’s our resident genius when it comes to numbers and technology. Rather than regarding her area of weakness with chronic disapproval, I celebrate the strengths she contributes to our team.

What good would it do for a farmer to look down his nose at a city girl because she doesn’t know how to milk a cow?  Why should I reprimand a person who’s never been to Korea for not understanding if I speak to him in Korean?

To focus on people’s weaknesses without acknowledging their strengths, or without at least offering some kind of practical help, is petty and counter-productive. Few situations can be improved by self-satisfied persons simply pointing their fingers and saying, “Shame on you for not being as proficient as I am.”

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    Linda Gilley has been named interim executive director of the Mineral Wells Senior Center, replacing Vivian Conrad.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hurrah for Volunteers!

    Great Britain’s King George IV (1762-1830) once said, “The highest of distinctions is service to others.”

    April 10, 2014

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    Upon leaving the house Sunday morning, my husband and I startled a yard full of robins.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ordinary heroes

    It seems kind of funny to me that our society celebrates the abilities of some people while ignoring those of others.

    March 27, 2014

  • Strengths and Weaknesses

    I will never understand the kind of person who criticizes others for lacking ability in his own area of competency.

    March 20, 2014

  • FEB BD.jpg Treasures Galore

    Have you heard that old saying, “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure”? Well let me tell you, we’ve got treasure to spare!


    Since early Monday morning, our volunteers have been unpacking, sorting, pricing and arranging truckloads of treasure for the annual Gigantic Garage Sale that begins tonight. Our $10-per-person Early Bird Sale will run from 5-7 this evening, but the real fun begins tomorrow morning. The sale from 9-5 on Friday, March 14, and 9-1 on Saturday, March 15, is free to the public.

    March 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ready for Some Fun!

    Makeovers are so much fun.

    March 6, 2014

  • Creative Pursuits

    Like many other Americans, I’ve been heading straight for the television as soon as I get home from work each evening.

    February 20, 2014

  • A Great Place to Learn

    It is deeply satisfying to hear multilingual conversations floating around the Senior Center as the Spanish class dismisses every Tuesday.

    February 13, 2014

  • Thanks for your Help

    Last weekend my son and his wife showed up at our door and announced, “We’re here to help you clean your garage.”

    January 30, 2014

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