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June 23, 2014

Jesse Wilkerson: Drop everything, reorganize your time

“The quickest way to get out of a hole is to stop digging!” These were the words of my uncle spoken across the podium to a large crowd at one of the many public gatherings that I witnessed over the years. There are times in life when we find ourselves locked into a routine of bad habits or inefficient routines. Sometimes by the time you realize you have picked up bad habits you are in a perpetual habit of acting or going through the motions.

You cannot change a situation or circumstance by continuing your downward spiral. Stop what you are doing. Take inventory of what it is you find yourself doing on a daily basis. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Find someone, anyone, who is willing to offer you constructive criticism. Develop a plan to get out of the hole. Follow the plan.

There was a time I found myself on multiple boards and commissions. I wanted desperately to increase my work load as a designer/ architect, but had been going about it the wrong way. I was afraid to say “no.” I remember one evening getting home from work and looking at my wife and thinking out loud, “this is crazy.” I have been to four board meetings in four days and I haven’t completed an ounce of work that I needed for a presentation with a new client. I pulled back and began to prepare for a mental disconnect. I wanted to quit some of the things I was doing, but did not know how. I was so engaged that I felt to quit would reflect poorly on my ability to manage my own schedule.

You may face opportunities that would allow you to serve in an area of interest. The litmus test is determining how much you are able to contribute, not only how much time you have to attend meetings. There were meetings that required research for areas I was not well versed to have a definitive opinion or an enhanced course of action.

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  • Maureen Hayden: 9/11 Commission chair scolds Congress for national security failures Retired Congressman Lee Hamilton has warned of the perils of political ideology, calling the body where he spent 34 years “noxiously partisan.” Now, he worries the divide is downright dangerous.

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  • Ken de la Bastide: City unions go without contracts for many years How Anderson deals with unions has changed dramatically over the years. In the past it would have been unheard of for union members to continue to work without a contract or an agreed upon deadline. But members of three unions that represent Anderson city employees have been working without a new contract agreement for up to seven years.

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  • Jim Bailey: Traveling by passenger train was a page from the past My wife doesn’t remember riding on a full-fledged passenger train as a baby. Our children have never ridden. It’s an experience rapidly going the way of the horse and buggy and the stagecoach throughout a nation now obsessed with jumbo jets and sport-utility vehicles.

    July 26, 2014

  • Howard Hewitt: When it comes to wines, small can be very good Repeating the familiar is an easy way to go through life as is taking the safe road. We all do that but find unexpected rewards when taking the path less traveled. That little bit of philosophy applies to visiting wine country.

    July 26, 2014

  • Maleah Stringer: Hats off to the staff at Animal Protection League I often talk about the wonderful volunteers and community support we have at the Animal Protection League. And that volunteers are every non-profits "life blood" this is true for the Animal Protection League as well.

    July 26, 2014

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  • Verna Davis: Seek peace by turning from evil and doing good There's something we all want: peace. World peace. Family peace. Personal peace. We yearn for peace, a feeling of freedom from commotion and antagonism, of harmony in our relationships, of lack of strife or dissension. What would we do to have peace in our lives?

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