Sunday, June 4, 2023

The Watch

I read this story on Instagram, fell in love with it, and wanted to pass it on to each of you who take the time to read my blog. It comes from Mindset Therapy. It goes like this …

Before he died, a father said to his son, “Here is a watch your grandfather gave me. It’s almost 200 years old. Before I give it to you, go to the jewelry store downtown. Tell them I want to sell it and see how much they offer you.”

The son went to the jewelry store, came back to his father, and said, “They offered $150 because it’s too old.” The father said, “Go to the pawn shop.”

The son went to the pawn shop, came back to his father, and said, “The pawn shop offered $10 because it looks too worn out.” The father asked his son to go to the museum and show them the watch.

He went to the museum, came back, and said to his father, “The curator offered $500,000 for this very rare piece to be included in their precious antique collections.”

The father said, “I wanted to let you know that the right place values you in the right way. Don’t find yourself in the wrong place and get angry if you are not valued. Those that know your value are those who appreciate you. Don’t stay in a place where nobody sees your value.”

The Moral of the Story …

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth. 

I’ve worked in some positions where I didn’t feel valued. I’ve also been involved in relationships where I didn’t feel valued. In each case, I thought something might be wrong with me. I felt I was to blame, and I suppose to some degree, I probably was to blame. But perhaps I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and in a relationship I didn’t belong. That might apply to many of us. Sometimes it happens to ourselves, while other times, it is someone else’s doing. 

I had a professor in my counseling program who followed most of the tenets of Alfred Adler, a psychotherapist. His was a philosophy I adhered to more times than not. My professor had a saying, “Don’t wear the shirt if it doesn’t fit.”

We’ve all done this before and still do from time to time, but wearing the wrong shirt doesn’t feel right. If it’s too large, we drown in it, or if it’s too small, we feel constricted. But if we put on the right shirt, a comfortable shirt that’s right for the occasion, well, it’s just right. Think of Goldilocks. One chair was too big, while another was too small. But one was just right. 

Each of us, no matter how old or young you are, whether you have money to burn or are just scraping by, whether we’re famous or if we blend in anonymously, have value. We have value because, as humans, we are deserving of it. Don’t allow yourself to be in any place that doesn’t value you, and don’t allow yourself to be with anyone who doesn’t value you. You, each of you, have value. Please don’t think otherwise. Something to think about …

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Would you recognize a serial killer if one spoke to you? Vincent and Shirley didn’t, and now they’re dead!

He blends in, is successful, intelligent, and methodical. So far, he has murdered eight people. There is no discernible pattern, no clues, and no leads. The only thing the FBI and local police have to go on is the method of death: two bullets to the face- gruesome and meant to send a message. But it’s difficult to understand any message coming from a dark and damaged mind. Two adopted boys, struggling in their own world, do not know they are the next targets, and neither does their family or local law enforcement. 

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A barrage of threatening letters, a car bomb, and a heart attack rip apart what was once a close-knit family of adopted brothers. Randy and Bobby, along with fellow band member and best friend, Danny, receive fan mail that turns menacing. They ignore it, but to their detriment. The sender turns up the heat. Violence upends their world. It rocks the relationship between the boys and ripples through their family, nearly killing their dad. 

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Would he once again have to put himself in harm’s way to save them? And if faced with that choice, will he? 

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The killers can be anyone and be anywhere. They can strike at any time. They care nothing of collateral damage. Andruko believes a target is a target, and in the end, the target must die. 

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A late-night phone call, a missing kid, a murdered family, but no one is talking. A promise is made and kept, but it could mean the death of a fifteen-year-old boy. Greed can be all-consuming, and seeing is not believing. No one can be trusted, and the hunters become the hunted.

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They found the bodies of high school and middle school kids dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. A violent gang, MS-13, controls the drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors. They send Ricardo Fuentes to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson. But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay. 

Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else.  
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FBI Agent Pete Kelliher and his partner search for the clues behind the bodies of six boys left in various and remote parts of the country. Even though they live in separate parts of the country, the lives of Kelliher, 11-year-old Brett McGovern, and 11-year-old George Tokay are separate pieces of a puzzle. The two boys become interwoven with the same thread Kelliher holds in his hand. The three of them are on a collision course and when that happens, their futures grow dark as each search for a way out.  

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The boys are home, but now they have to fit back in with their families and friends. Their parents and the FBI thought the boys were safe. They were until people began dying. Now the hunt is on for six dangerous and desperate men who vow revenge. With no leads and nothing to go on, the FBI can only sit back and wait. A dangerous game that threatens not only the boys, but their families. 
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Three dangerous men with nothing to lose offer a handsome reward to anyone willing to kill fourteen-year-old Brett McGovern. He does not know that he, his younger brother, and a friend are targets. More than anyone, these three men vow to kill George, whom they blame for forcing them to run and hide. A fun vacation turns into a nightmare and ends where it started, back on the Navajo Nation Reservation, high on a mesa held sacred by George and his grandfather. Outnumbered and outgunned, George will make the ultimate sacrifice to protect his adoptive father and his adoptive brothers- but can he? Without knowing who these men are? Or where they are? Without knowing whom to trust? Is he prepared for betrayal that leads to his heartbreak and death?   

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