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God Doesn’t Make Any Junk

July 19, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Have you ever wished you were someone else? If you have, you aren’t alone and you shouldn’t. We are all who we are and that is what makes each of us so special. If we all looked alike, acted alike, dressed alike and sounded alike, life would be dull and boring. 

For example, there may be times in our lives when we feel as if we are complete failures. Please don’t fret; this feeling is natural and it happens to almost everyone. We all go through what are called peaks and valleys in our lifetime. Think about it, one of our natural human tendencies is to be hard on ourselves. We are not built to go around bragging about what we do and how great and wonderful we are. We don’t normally go around going look how tall, handsome, smart and fast I am. As a matter of fact, if we did that, most people would either laugh at us or refuse to have anything to do with us. As a result of being hard on ourselves, we can sometimes be guilty of hurting our very own self esteem, which can then make us feel downright miserable at times. We have all felt at some point that we weren’t tall enough, thin enough, smart enough or pretty enough. Which begs the question; who are the so called experts when it comes to what is smart, tall, thin and pretty and how do you become an expert in these fields? Is there a college or school you attend for this? I know that it’s certainly not the media, magazines and television shows that we should be learning this from. 

So here’s the deal. Life isn’t easy. We all know that? However, we can not make life any harder for ourselves than it already is. Please remember that God doesn’t make any junk. We need to have more pride in ourselves. There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying I’m a great dad, husband, father, worker, Christian and so on. There is also nothing wrong with bragging on those around you and giving credit where credit is due. We all love to be bragged on. 

In closing, please remember that we are all survivors. We all have worries, trials, tribulations, highs and lows. That is just part of life and that will never change. So please keep your chin up, take more pride in who you are and never forget that God doesn’t make any Junk.

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Mt. Juliet bka as Blossomville, TN

July 11, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

I wanted to take a moment to thank all the wonderful residents of the great City of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee for your efforts in making our city one of the finest in the nation. 

I have watched our city blossom from a small rural community to a cutting edge city. Not a day of the week goes by that I don’t find more and more reasons to love our great city. Watching the residents of Mt. Juliet and their commitment to this community and their neighbors is awesome. It truly shows the power of teamwork, love for community, your neighbors, our country and passion for doing for other before yourself. I have fortunately been a part of this city for many years now and couldn’t be more proud to call it my home.

Sure, we have our own share of problems, but the way we handle our problems is yet another reason why we are unique. During tough times our city and residents have stood strong and looked for ways to prosper and grow. 

They say attitude is a big part of what makes a person or community stand the test of time and prosper. Well, I think our attitude speaks for itself. Our attitude is hard work, dedication, teamwork, diligence, love for your neighbor and taking pride in your community.

Call this article cheesy, over the top or mushy if you will, but it’s true. I think there is good in giving credit where credit is due and I wanted to take time to tell each of you how proud I am of you and our community. With that in mind please keep up the great work. We will need to stay diligent in our efforts.

So please continue to support your neighbors, your local businesses and Mt. Juliet.  So when you look in the mirror next time please know your efforts in making our community a better place is working and without you we couldn’t do it. Keep up the great work my friends. 

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Summer Heat Dangers

July 5, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

With summer now upon us and temperatures in the triple digits, there is no time like the present to remind everyone of the importance of not leaving any child, senior citizen or pet unattended in an automobile. There have been countless deaths and injuries all across or nation and these all could have been avoided. Temperatures inside an automobile can reach temperatures up to 140 degrees and higher in a matter of minutes.

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Good Ole Days

June 27, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Even no older than I am, I can remember when folks spoke to one another as they passed on the streets, waived at complete strangers as they drove down the road, opened doors for the ladies or offered them a chair when none were available and just had respect for one another. Oh how times have changed, and not necessarily for the better. Now if you throw your hand up and wave at a passing motorists you might just get a bit of road rage directed your way, or even have someone mistake your kind gesture as an inappropriate hand gesture, thus, receiving one in return. 

Don’t get me wrong; there are still lots of great people who do lots of good deeds. The problem is, that number seems to be dwindling. And from all accounts, there is no apparent reason for the reduction to be found. As a small boy I can remember more yes sirs and no sirs, yes ma’am and no ma’am, please, pardon me and excuse me. Now we seem to hear huh, what, and what about me more and more.

There was nothing wrong with sitting on your front porch. We knew our neighbors and they knew us. All you needed to seal a deal was a person’s word and a handshake. Now instead of sitting on our front porch so we can see our neighbors, get to know them and see what’s going on in our communities, we sit behind our house on a thing called a deck or patio surrounded with a six foot privacy fence. And for the most part, we might know a couple of our neighbors. Also, in order to seal a deal today we need four attorneys, a notary public and a witness. Oh, how I miss the good ole days.  

If clothes, music, fashion, dance styles, cars and hairstyles can come back in style, so can the manners and innocence of the good ole days. We have the best country in the world and we didn’t get that way by accident. Let’s bring back a little bit of yesteryear by having more house warming events, block parties, patience and getting to know our neighbors. Who knows, we might just make another friend or two if we try. God Bless the U.S.A.    

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Attitude and Decision Making

June 20, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Life brings lots of both easy and tough decisions and choices. Some decisions are very easy to make and can be made without much thought, while other decisions require lots of thought, examination and questioning. What we choose to do or not do for the most part is up to the individual. For example: A criminal can decide to go straight and stop being a criminal. An intoxicated person can decide to call a cab and not drink and drive. Such simple decisions based on easy to understand right and wrong choices that really shouldn’t require much thought at all. Stealing, committing crimes or drinking and driving should be very easy decisions to make. Simply don’t do it!

Doing the right thing is something most of us are taught as children. However, some children because of harsh and misleading influences and upbringings, are led astray from the get go. But, that still doesn’t excuse wrongdoings and criminal behavior. We are still responsible for who we are and who we become. It doesn’t take rocket science to realize right from wrong. There are plenty of people around us at all times to give us good examples of the right thing. Using the excuse, “I was exposed to this or that” will not cut it, nor, should it be a cop out, loophole or excuse for being responsible for ones actions. 

Decisions are not always ours. We can’t control the temperature, weather, clouds and season, but we can control our attitudes. An attitude can be what you make it. It’s sort of like a home; your home can be modest and clean or extravagant and dirty, it’s your choice. Attitude is entirely up to you. Each day can be perceived as a gift or as a burden. It’s your call. I personally awake each day and thank God for allowing me another day with the people I love. Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.

A small house is a castle to the man who lives in a cardboard box on the street. A rainy day to a farmer can at times be a blessing, while at other times a burden. Attitude is everything. Life is what you make it. As mentioned many times before, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade, not excuses.

You can either control your attitude and actions or your attitude and actions will control you. Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve had. 

In closing, Attitude is everything, please make the right decisions in life and all will be well.

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The Health Benefits of Smiling and Laughing

June 13, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Have you ever really thought about the health benefits of smiling and laughing? 

There’s one thing for sure, smiling and laughing is a lot more fun and healthier than frowning and fussing.

With that in mind, I would like to encourage more smiling and laughter in our community. 

You may ask yourself, what in the world does smiling and laughing have to do with better health? 

Well, for starters it will definitely make you feel and look better. 

Many medical studies have proven that smiling and laughing is good for your overall health.

Laughing is one of the finest, most economical and easy to practice anti-stress measures. 

Laughter relaxes muscles, expands bloods vessels and sends more blood to the extremities and other muscles all over the body. 

Laughing reduces the level of stress hormones and increases endorphins in our bodies which is a natural pain killer.

Laughter also increases the overall immune system which helps to fend off illnesses and viruses. 

When you’re overrun by stress and don’t take time to smile and laugh you can actually lose the ability or forget how to laugh. 

Imagine for just one moment how tragic that would be. 

As you can tell, smiling and laughing is very good and beneficial to your health and overall attitude.

As the old saying goes, it takes much more energy to frown than it does to smile. 

Our bodies endure enough natural stress by themselves without us adding more through failure to smile and laugh. 

Smiling and laughing is an all natural way to improve ones health and reduce overall stress levels in the body. 

So please do yourself and your health a big favor and smile and laugh every chance you get.

In closing, smiling and laughing is also contagious and is one of the few things you can get and share for free. 

You deserve to be happy, so laugh and smile every chance you get.  

Sincerely, 

Kenny Martin

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18 inches

June 6, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Most doctors say there is about 18 inches between your heart and your head, which got me to thinking about life and the decisions we are faced with each and every day. Throughout my entire life I really never noticed or thought much about how I made my daily decisions. I just seemed to make the decision and move on. After hearing of the 18 inches between the heart and brain, I got to thinking about the process I went about when making decisions and was somewhat alarmed by my findings. Upon reflection, I immediately could think of many times when I made decisions out of anger, frustration or pure old simple haste. 

This told me the majority of time I made my decisions from the head and not the heart. The more I thought about this the more I realized how many times I had made bad decisions when I used only my head.

The more I thought about my heart the more I realized that I would always make the right decision if I used my heart over my head, or at least a combination of the two. 

For example, let’s say you are a male awaiting a table in a busy restaurant waiting area. You are sitting with your family waiting for your name to be called so that you can be seated for dinner. All around the waiting room there are many men and women standing because all of the seats are taken. As a male you were taught that when a lady is standing you offer her your seat so that she doesn’t have to stand. This is called being and gentleman and doing the right thing. One of two things will happen here. If you think with your head and not your heart you will let the lady stand and say to your self she can stand just like me, I was here first. If you are thinking with your heart over your head you will stand and offer the lady your seat. If she declines look around the room and see if there are any other ladies, senior citizens or those with disabilities and offer them your seat. If they all decline your offer then you are free to retain your seat.

The morale of this story is that if we think with our hearts instead of our heads we will do the right thing the majority of the time. 

Sincerely, 

Kenny Martin

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Buy Mt. Juliet First

May 30, 2012 Kenny Martin 1

Just wanted to tell all the wonderful residents of Mt. Juliet well done! Because of your efforts our sales tax numbers continue to climb. With 2012 now upon us and 2013 just around the corner I’d love to see all residents adopt a Buy and Shop Mt. Juliet Businesses First motto. With our economy seeing some tough times, there is no better time than 2012 and beyond to support your local business community by buying and shopping Mt. Juliet first. The more we spend in our own community the more our community benefits, and so do we.

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Thank You Teachers!

May 25, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

With yet another school year nearing an end, I wanted to take a moment to thank all our wonderful teachers for the great and wonderful work you do. Many times we don’t say thank you enough to our wonderful teachers or we
wait until after the end of the school year to do so. Be it teaching at home, in a daycare or in the school system, our teachers do a wonderful job of teaching children. Teaching children can at times go without much notice or fan fair. However, I felt compelled to say thank you for all the hard work performed by teachers.

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