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I recently got a speeding ticket. The flashing red lights in my rear view mirror told me I was in trouble. I’d made a poor choice: failing to observe the speed limit signs-and was cited for going 70 in a 55. I suffered consequences for my poor choice. We’ve all made poor choices that typically result in having to pay the consequences. Some consequences are big and others, like my speeding ticket, are small.
I got the ticket driving though the vast open space between Edgewood and Santa Fe – the same area where many “old west” movies are filmed. I was reminded of the old west. Picture a family living out on a ranch – á la The Waltons. They have a faithful and reliable workhorse that is responsible for a major portion of the family’s economic well-being. Instead of nurturing and taking care of this important part of their economy, they abuse it by smacking it in the knees with a sledgehammer. The horse can still walk, but its productivity is hampered and it is difficult to get the same results from the horse. So the family gets a new pony and hopes that one day the young horse will grow up to be big and strong like the one they’d crippled. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But in the mean time their output is greatly diminished.
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