What’s Left? By Lee McLane Editor/Publisher

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By admin | Category: Opinion

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving - eating, visiting with family and friends and just taking a moment to realize the great blessings you have in your life.  I tried to do that on Thanksgiving. I even thanked the Lord for the deluge of rain which befell us while delivering Thanksgiving meals to people. You know, it says in the Bible to give thanks for everything. Afterall, we really did need the rain. But it was interesting - to say the least. I’m glad so many of you came to our church (UMC) and/or got food delivered to your homes for Thanksgiving. That is the purpose of the whole event at church that day - to serve others. It should be our focus each day, personally, but it’s difficult to have the servant’s mentality 24/7. We all need to work on it. But I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Now on to Christmas, then New Years and then….well, you know - we start all over again.
I was feeling a little under the weather last weekend - especially Sunday - and took a long nap that afternoon. Several of my cats had chosen their spots on the bed around me and we all napped together. It was nice. When I woke up, it was difficult to extract myself from the bed because two of my bigger cats had me rather pinned beneath the covers. They are so funny. One of them, Simba, likes to watch cartoons. I don’t let him watch them real often but it is fun to turn them on and watch him look at the tv - wondering what on earth is going through his mind.
Last week, we lost one of our well-known businessmen, Johnny Fisher. He was landlord to many and used to own Beebe Variety many years ago. He was a very charitable person and helped out anonomously with many local programs. The only reason I know these things is because the chairmen of these charities have told me this. Johnny would have never told anyone that he helped with anything. He was a very humble and private person. This community will miss his generosity, his humor and his intellect.
I am now at the age that more and more, I am going to be losing friends. It’s not a good thing. But, as everyone who is over the age of 50 knows, it is part of life. It makes you know that - more than ever - you need to live your life to the fullest extent possible. Find joy in the little things and let harsh feelings, harsh words and non-productive behaviors fade into oblivion. It makes me realize that I need to spend more time trying to take care of myself. All the time you used to spend having fun, when you were younger, now have (need) to be spent taking care of yourself. It is a transition. I used to think that if you loved yourself - you were selfish, but now I know you have to love yourself to know how to love others and to be around to love others. If you don’t love yourself, you’re not going to take care of yourself.
I hope you make it a good week! Be sure and come out to the Chamber’s Christmas Parade, Sat., Dec. 4th, at 6 p.m. downtown Beebe.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week.