Last updated: June 23. 2014 10:00AM - 66 Views
Ted Smith Contributing Columnist



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One does not get very old before discovering there are many differences between man and woman. It is at this point you are saying, “Duh,” and rightfully so. However, no matter the gender, each of us can learn from the other.


My case in point is the fact that my wife has always been a list maker. This list might include projects for consideration, vacation objectives or any of a hundred other ideas. Now I must tell you, early on I did not understand or appreciate this concept. It was new to me.


You see, I was reared to believe in my ability to approach and solve any problem that might arise, so why should I waste valuable time to sit down and make a list? At least, that was my original thought.


I was also taught to measure results and learn from one’s mistakes and successes, so it did not take me long to realize that if one were to create and utilize lists, life could be easier, less stressful, and more pleasant. I found I could accomplish additional tasks simply by making lists, often combining items, thus making better use of my time.


So, how can you take this information and learn from it? Well, more than likely if you are a male (which means you believe you don’t need a list because you have it all stored in your brain), you can relate to this concept by using it on something you consider to be in your wheelhouse, for example outdoor and vacation safety preventative measures.


Consider this: statistics tell us there are almost 315 million people in the United States and at any given time we will have an additional estimated 68 million visitors coming to see us, so that totals approximately 383 million people throughout our United States borders.


A large number of these folks will not be on our already crowded highways, but can you honestly take the chance with your family’s lives to go out on the interstates without properly making a list of the safety items you might find yourself in need of should a failure occur?


The first list to consider should be the condition of your vehicle: engine and drive train, tires, lights, wipers, safety equipment, etc. Many of us can do small mechanical repairs, but what if your car breaks down and you need assistance but do not have a phone to call for help?


Did your list include tools, extra drinking water, or sunscreen should you need to be out in the sun for a prolonged time? You get the idea. A list just may keep your family safe and made your life easier.


Here at your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, it is certainly our desire for you to have your Chamber membership on your list of things to do today. Stop by today, meet us, and become a member and avid supporter of your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. Call 276-4274 today. Put us on your “to do” list.


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