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November 2013


Time Is A Great Blessing


The fall portion of the year is a great time! The stifling heat of our hot summers has normally lessened by October and the month of November can bring some of those wonderful days when the tempera- ture is perfect. Recently, I saw one of the most beautiful fall sunrises and sunsets of the year and they occurred in the same day!


Since November seems to be the month that we put emphasis on being thankful, I would be remiss if I didn’t include my thoughts on thankfulness. Being thankful should be an everyday event, but we often take many things for granted as we go about our daily lives. One of the blessings that I am thankful for is time. I can remember that when I was a student in elementary school, I couldn’t wait to get to high school to play football. (I might not have been in such a hurry if I had known then that I would only win three games as a high school player!).


After High School I couldn’t wait to get to college and then I couldn’t wait to get out of college and get a job. Uncle Sam decided I needed to work for him after college, so of course I couldn’t wait to get out of the Army to get a teaching job, and so on and so on. It seems that, like everyone else, I am always ready for time to pass so that I can do the next “thing”. The reality is that I can’t get back the time I have wasted and I may never know the outcome of the time I have invested.


What I do know with certainty is that when time is gone, it is gone forever. I will never get “time” back no matter the status I might attain or the wealth I might


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by Mike R. Hagy


accumulate. (By the way… In case you are wondering, I didn’t manage to attain any status or accumulate any wealth!).


God has given me “time” to do a lot of marvelous things and experience a lot of life. I have been a utility worker, brickyard worker, a youth minister, a soldier, a soil conservation worker, a teacher, a farmer, a coach, a principal, a school superintendent, a co-op manager and I even did a little sports announcing on the side. I have experienced a wonderful marriage and a loving wife for more than 40 years, and I have watched my two sons grow into fine men!


I have also gained a lot of wisdom. Unfortunately… trials, mistakes, and unwise decisions are the reasons that have caused me to gain most of that wisdom! I have wasted a lot of time doing things that I thought were important at the time that really didn’t matter down the road. Yet the other day, when I stood outside and looked across the field on one of the most beautiful sunsets I had ever seen, I thanked God for all the blessings I have received and the “time” He has given me! Thanks for the “time” you have allowed me to serve you as your cooperative manager. Through our vision of safety, service, and satisfac- tion, all of us who are SWRE employees will continue to work hard to continue to serve you. Happy Thanksgiving!


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Best Wishes for a


Wonderful Thanksgiving from Employees and Staff Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative


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