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May 2015


Spring brings hope for new beginning by Mike R. Hagy


To me personally spring has always been about hope and new beginnings.


The winter months of January and February seem to be filled with a lot of stress and depression for most of us. Maybe it is because we all overspent in November and December and we are trying to pay off the credit cards in January and February. Maybe we get so hyped up for Christmas and New Years and then we have to get back to the mundane tasks of real life. Maybe we don’t like skidding around on the ice or snow or freezing to death just walking to put out the trash in the morning. Maybe we all don’t get enough sun and become just a little more irritable and grouchy. Maybe if you are a big football fan, it is just withdrawal symptoms. For whatever reason, it seems that when spring gets here, we all seem to get a new lease on life in general. Spring is nature’s way of starting life anew. I enjoy watching the wheat begin to finally grow, the grass begin to green up, and the new buds and blossoms appear on the trees and bushes. Last year I finally got back into the gardening mode. In the past my wife said that I had a green thumb and could grow anything. For the last few years, though, the thumb became some other color.


What didn’t freeze or dry up due to the drought was later killed by a late hailstorm, eaten by critters or consumed by an emerging horde of grasshoppers. Speaking of the critters, my dog Red who turned 12 this year used to chase rabbits, skunks, and possums all over my farm. He now pretty much just lies around like that’s not really his job anymore! He will lie there and watch the cute little bunnies consume every vegetable plant that I have so carefully planted next to the yard. So once again this spring I will rotor-till and work


the garden plot to produce the food to make us a self-sufficient farm family like the pioneers, and once again my wife will go to the grocery store and buy all of the vegetables we really need. Still there is the never-ending hope that the garden will flourish, the wheat will make 70 bushels per acre, the drought will be over, and the area lakes will actually become lakes again. The hope of something better is why most of our rural farm families moved into the rural areas years ago. In North Texas and Southwest Oklahoma, hope based in our religious faith and strong pioneer spirit is a trait that I don’t encounter in some other parts of our country. That hope for a better tomorrow was one of the principles that helped to found our electrical cooperative. It was not a hope to get rich; it was a type of hope that we would leave our farms and our families better off than when we started. Our cooperative still thrives because of that vision of hope from past generations. Yes, we are still a small cooperative, but we have more miles of line than many of the big cooperatives in Oklahoma and Texas and we have been very successful competing with the huge investor-owned power companies. We do have a lot of “hopes” for the future, but I once heard a quote that said, “Hope is not a plan”, so at SWRE we will continue to strategically plan to meet the power requirements for the future. By the way, do yourself a favor – get out this spring and stroll down a peaceful country road or visit your favorite fishing hole and experience the peace and hope that a new spring brings.


At SWRE we want to serve you through our vision of safety, service, and satisfaction one member at a time… and a good dose of “hope and optimism” doesn’t hurt either.


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