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Page 28 Comm tmity Thursday, October 21, 2010 Instead of serving it cold, don&apos;t serve it at all By Robert Evans Wilson, ]r. On a summer day in 1973, my 12-year-old sister was rid- ing her horse on the quiet streets near our house. There was a lit- tle more traffic than usual as two cars came toward her from oppo- site directions. Cindy rode onto the well-tended lawn of a stately two-story house to get out of the way. While she waited, her horse relieved himself. She then rode on, unknowing that her steed had left a pile of manure on the emerald zoysia grass. Cindy was two hundred feet down the road, when a car sped past, then skidded to a tire-squeal- ing halt in front of her horse. The startled horse reared up; throwing Cindy to the pavement below. A man leapt out of his car, then with- out asking if she was hurt, started screaming at her for allowing her horse to defecate on his lawn. Cry- ing and in pain from bruises to her back and arms, Cindy struggled to her feet, then managed to catch her horse who had only wandered off a few feet. She apologized profusely, but the hysterical homeowner would not be satisfied. He insisted she walk her horse back to his yard, where he forced her to remove the horse droppings with her bare hands. Then without offering her an opportunity to wash her hands, he ordered her off his property. I was enraged when she told me the story. As a hormone-filled 16-year-old, I wanted to retaliate on her behalf. I told her I would get two hundred pounds of salt; then, under the cover of night, use it to write a message on his lawn. Within a few days, alphabet- shaped sections of his grass would die. Revenge would be sweet as his neighbors read in brown letters the profane words that described the true nature of his character. Fortunately, my sister is more forgiving than me, and refused to The MasterCard Debit Card A V Our MasterCard Debit Card is safer than carrying cash, and faster and easier than writing a check. When you use the card, the amount of your purchase is electronically deducted from your checking account. YOU can use your MasterCard Debit Card locally or when you travel. Pay for gas, gifts, groceries, clothing, meals, airline tickets, hotel rooms and much more. You can also use your card to get cash at thousands of ATMS around the world. To request your MasterCard Debit Card, stop in today. IP LENDER STATE BANK OF KIMBALL P.O. BOX 70 KIMBALL, MINNESOTA 55353 (320) 398-3500 www.tatebankofkimball.com Member FDIC sOON: Holiday Rewards! VJ tell me which house the jerk lived in. Cindy's wisdom probably kept me out of jail. Revenge is a powerful moti- vator. It is a survival instinct that dates back to our caveman days. If we were attacked and did not retaliate, then our enemy would attack again and again until they succeeded in killing us. The problem is that when some- one hurts us today, that primal urge still rises quickly. It doesn't take much- it can be an emotional injury, an insult or a rejection - to stimulate that response within us. If we act upon it, we usually find ourselves feeling worse than before the slight. And, if we get too carried away, we may find our- selves on the wrong side of the law. As Mahatma Gandhi observed, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." The trick is curbing that response, and using that power- ful motivation in a positive way for ourselves. I like the way psychol- ogist and author, Vijai P. Sharma, puts it, "It is better to let the other person get away with it, so that you can get away from it." We can control our instinct and put it to work for us instead of against us by using that energy in positive ways. Exercise is a great way to blow off that initial steam you feel. I like to get out on my in-line skates and skate 10 or more miles. Not only does it burn energy, the repetitive activity is meditative and allows me to put things into perspective. Loving yourself by investing in your personal growth and devel- opment is another way to thwart those primal urges. Use your time to get better at what you do - pour that energy into your business and hobbies. Treat yourself to a mas- sage, a gourmet meal, or a mini- vacation. And surround yourself with friends who know and love you best. As Welsh poet, George Herbert, said in 1630, "Living well is the best revenge." Robert Evans Wilson, Jr. is a motivational speaker and humor- ist. He works with companies that want to be more competitive and with people who want to think like innovators. For more information on Robert's programs please visit <www.jumpstartyourmeeting.com>. Ice Fishing seminar proceeds to benefit Breath Savers Support Group St. Cloud Hospital Respiratory Care department is sponsoring the sixth annual ice fishing seminar featuring ice fishing pro and hall- of-famer Dave Genz from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the Wind- feldt Room at CentraCare Health Plaza (use Woodlands entrance). Come hear the world's most knowl- edgeable ice fisherman, inventor of the Fish Trap, Genz Box and the modem ice fishing method. The evening will include a silent auction and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Breath Savers Support Group whose goal is to help improve the quality of life for those who suf- fer from respiratory ailments, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Dis- ease (COPD) by providing educational meetings and supported outings. Advanced tickets are $5 and are available from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Respiratory Care department at St. Cloud Hospital and at the St. Cloud Hospital Gift Gallery, or the evening of the event at the door. For more information, call (320) 251-2700, ext. 54345, or ext. 55675. Horse owner program Nov. 6 Krishona Martinson, Equine Specialist U of M Extension The University of Minne- sota Horse Team is offering a fall regional horse owner educa- tion program from 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Apollo High School (1000 44th Ave. N.) in St. Cloud. The program is spon- sored by ADM Alliance Nutrition, Purina Mills, and Nutrena, and it is planned in partnership with ISD 724 Community Education. Topics include winter care, for- age research update, nutrition roundtable, fly and pest control, care of elderly horses, first aid away from home, and Q and A with pre- senters. Registration is required by Thursda Nov. 4. Cost to attend the program is $20 per person and includes aprinted meetingprceed- ing as well as light refreshments. Online registration is available at <www.regonline.com/FalIReg HorseStCl>. The program is recom- mended for adults and children over the age of 12, but is open to everyone. Additional information is available at <www.extension.umn. edu/horse>. Food Safety Employee Training class in St. Cloud University of Minnesota Exten- sion is offering a 2-hour course for food service workers that covers the basic requirements for safe food handling. A single outbreak of foodbome illness can easily cost a food ser- vice operation $75,000. Food Safety Employee Training is one way food service establishments can pro- actively work towards preventing such losses. Topics covered in the course include: Preventing foodbome ill- ness, Food temperature control, Personal hygiene, Preventing cross- contamination, Preparing and serving food safely, and Cleaning and sanitizing. The course will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Room 108 of the Midtown Office Complex at 3400 First St. N. in St. Cloud. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. For more infor- mation contact Connie Schwartau at (507) 337-2819, or <schwa047@ umn.edu>, or go to <www. extension, umn.edu/foodsafety>. llll IllllllllJI;- m,