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June 1, 2011

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P��� 2 Deadline for July 6th issue of the Desert Messenger is WED. June 29th Email: Phone: 541-218-2560 antiques - jewelry gold - silver BUY & SELL Placer Gold & Nuggets YEAR ROUND! Nature’s Nuggets Richard Trusty 928-927-5479 14 years in Quartzsite! Just Rambling... As a child I was not fond of oatmeal, and not into debating adults about food waste. I was an avid reader; book people ate porridge’ I wondered why didn’t we. One morning a visiting Canadian,said, “ Oh, isn’t that lovely porridge.” I said, “No that is only mush.” Another fantasy shattered. Provided by Elmer London & Desert Messenger ���.D�����M��������.��� “Whatever happens, take responsibility.” Trustworthiness Respect - Tony Robbins Or in other words, you can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf! In life, attitude is everything. Both of Quartzsite’s schools encourage the values of the 6 Pillars of Character. The Six Pillars can dramatically improve the ethical quality of our decisions, and thus our character and lives. What a tremendous gift for our youth. In cooperation with Janet Collier, Be- havior Coach from Quartzsite Elemen- tary, the Desert Messenger is printing coupons based on the 6 Pillars during the three summer issues. The first coupons for RESPONSIBILITY and RESPECT are on pages 5 & 18. The Six Pillars act as a multi-level fi lter through which to process decisions. So, being trustworthy is not enough — we must also be caring. Adhering to the letter of the law is not enough — we must accept responsibility for our action or inaction. The Pillars can help us detect situa- tions where we focus so hard on uphold- ing one moral principle that we sacrifi ce another — where, intent on holding others accountable, we ignore the duty to be compassionate; where, intent on getting a job done, we ignore how. “When you act as if your experience is created from the outside in, you will experience yourself as a VICTIM. The minute you take RESPONSIBILI- TY for creating your experience from the inside out, you reclaim your posi- tion as the CREATOR of your life.” Michael Neill, author of Supercoach In other words, make lemonade out of lemons! We may have no choice in what events happen to us, but we do have a choice in how we interpret what hap- pened, and how we choose to respond. It is these choices that make all the dif- ference in how we experience life and the world around us. According to, “Victims relish in anger, resentment, revenge, guilt, and other emotions and behaviors that cause others – and for some even themselves – to feel like vic- tims, too. Creators consciously choose love, inspiration, empowerment, and other qualities which inspire not only themselves, but all around them to continually create the lives and world they want to live in.” Responsibility Fairness Caring Citizenship. We all fall prey to feeling like a vic- tim, when “bad” things happen. But wait, is it really “bad” or just how we interpreted it? Sometimes a duck is a just duck. Sometimes we get caught up in the adrenaline of the anger, frustra- tion, reacting to bullying attitudes. We do have the option of rising to the level of having RESPECT for the situation and take RESPONSIBILITY for our own reactions. The Six Pillars of Character remind all of us to be mindful of our choices, for they really are choices. That rainy day that ruined your picnic, didn’t ruin anything. It was just rain falling from the sky. Facts are things that can’t be changed, such as rain falling from the sky. How we choose to react to the rain on that particular day determines our actions. Maybe it’s a day for an indoor activity, or are we going to choose to become a victim, getting angry and placing blame? There seems to be a lot of blaming going on right here in our own commu- nity. Just last Tuesday, I read an email stating, “word has been confi rmed that our town mismanager, A Taft has sus- pended the police chief”. Confi rmed? Hmmm….The very next morning, Chief Jeff Gilbert walked into courtroom for Jennifer and Jack Jones’ hearing in full uniform. Hmm... A man asked Gilbert where his fi shing pole was, since he’d heard the “rumor”. Gilbert replied, “I’m fi shing for bad guys!” There’s also a letter being circulated by Mayor Ed Foster, complaining again J��� 1, 2011 Editorial BY SHANANA “RAIN” GOLDEN-BEAR about his conspiracy theories. I’m guessing the headline in Jones’ next paper will read something similar to “Police Offi cers fi le complaint against Police Chief”. The victim mentality touts, “They” did this and “They” did that! “They” are bad and wrong, and life is rotten as long as “they” are around. Those who choose to be creators look at life quite differently. They know that there are powerful individuals and groups who might like to control their lives, but they don’t let this get in the way. A creator praises their creation, a victim criticizes. A creator lives in apprecia- tion, a victim in complaint, not taking RESPONSIBILITY. Creators use their own words and thoughts to begin improving a bad situation. First, they accept RESPON- SIBILITY for creating their present circumstances. Next they make a plan and take positive actions. Doing this, creators energize themselves and the people around them, too. By concentrating on the 6 Pillars of Character, we all can learn as we teach our children these positive core values. So, help out the kids when you see them performing an act of RESPONSIBILITY and RESPECT. You will be helping our community by supporting moral duties and vir- tues that fl ow from the six core ethical values of : Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship. D����� M�������� Founded by Walt Akin, October 1, 2004 Contributing Writer, Joanne Winer Quartzsite‛s FREE Community Paper Name Plate Lettering by Paul Winer PUBLISHED BY PILOT ROCK PUBLISHING CO. P.O. Box 3185, Quartzsite, AZ 85359 • E-mail: Published twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday, Sept. - May, 1st Wed. in June, July & August Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Desert Messenger. Shanana “Rain” Golden-Bear, Publisher Copyright © 2011 541-218-2560 Contributing Photographer, Starr BearCat

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