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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Down Home: Listening helps define one's own thoughts, beliefs

  • The new job has thrown me into the world of being a gopher. From making trips to the post office, bank or purchasing supplies, the car has become my new best friend, although I'm still holding out for a pickup.
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  • The new job has thrown me into the world of being a gopher. From making trips to the post office, bank or purchasing supplies, the car has become my new best friend, although I'm still holding out for a pickup.
    While working at the newspaper, my time was fairly short traveling to and from, and I'd spend that journey being quiet, trying to capture the sights and sounds of the outdoors. The sounds of early morning countryside have now been replaced with lots of traffic. I like all kinds of music, although at times I can't tolerate the chitchat from the DJs. That's the beauty of freedom of speech – if you don't like what someone is saying, you don't have to listen.
    I've been tuning into talk radio, but so much of the time it's spent on just the gloom and doom, and they rarely have anything positive to say. If I'm going to spend quality time in the car, I'd like to arrive back at the office in a halfway good mood.
    I hadn't been to the library in years, not since the kids were little, as I get most of my reading material from my oldest daughter, who can read a book in the amount of time it takes me to get to the second chapter. She announced recently she bought some fancy dancy computer and will be reading everything from a screen instead of from print. Who wants to sit up in bed holding onto a computer screen?
    I decided it was time to make a trip to the library.
    When I came across a huge section of books on tape and CD, I decided to master this multi-tasking answer to feel better about the time spent in the car. Finally deciding on the book, "This I Believe," I looked forward to the rest of my errands.
    While listening to people talk about their philosophies in life and their convictions, it reminded me how often I seem to forget what I truly do believe in.
    Some of their narratives are so deep I can't wrap my brain around it, while others touched my heart as they confess their true feelings and beliefs. I enjoyed hearing what these people, who I'll never meet, believe in. Even though I'm set in my ways and beliefs, I hope I always leave room for a change of heart and mind.
    This time before Easter – Lent – is a time to begin preparations to believe in something that doesn't seem possible, an event we never witnessed, a story passed down through generations and years of faith. It's complex, yet simple, if you believe.
    What do I believe?
    I believe it's time to stand up for what we believe in, or we'll fall for anything.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sandy Turner lives in the Kansas City area and writes this column for GateHouse Media.
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