We become our habits – Daily Advocate & Early Bird News

By Kathy Monnin

Versailles News

We humans are creatures of habit. This makes us predictable to our friends and family, measurable to marketers and accountable to society.

Our lives revolve around our commitments, such as our family, jobs, school, meals, sports, hobbies, prayers, and bedtime. If there is a scheduling conflict, we prioritize to determine which topic to address or visit. For example, we may decide that an oil change is more important than a training camp. However, it is the scramble that is never repeated while the oil change can be postponed. Still, most of us value our vehicle because we need reliable transportation to earn our paychecks and keep our families safe.

Priorities are not the same for everyone. Some value time over money, sport over education, and agency over human life. Every law-abiding person has the freedom to choose what to do with their time. I say lawful because all children in the United States are required by law to go to school. Public education is free, as is transportation to and from school (in most communities), even breakfast and lunch programs are available or even free for qualified students.

Establishing set times, routines, and/or schedules makes our activities more memorable and somehow comforting. We have calendars and schedules to plan the mundane things in life, like hair appointments, visits to the doctor, and dinners with a friend. We get up and eat each of our meals at about the same time each day, and we go to bed with the same consistency, so much so that any obedient neighbor could learn our schedule in a matter of weeks.

Despite all our planning, life is still full of surprises. A job offer, pregnancy, an unannounced visit or even illness. Most are pleasant and cheerful, but occasionally they are life-changing. This is where our adaptability comes into play. We can either evolve with the life we ​​are given, or we can fight and rebel. The decision is ours and also based on our priorities.

Priorities are based on core values. These values ​​do not change without conversion. So survival may be high on the list of priorities for some who would be willing to sacrifice money and capital to stay alive. For others, their belief and value of all life may replace their own existence.

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The fact remains that we cannot change who we are without strong conviction. We were not self-made, and we cannot re-make ourselves. We can only make minor changes, such as a change of occupation, political party, lifestyle, hair color or even cosmetic surgery. none of this changes who we are and have been since we were born. If we’ve been an alcoholic, we remain an alcoholic, but we can choose never to drink again. If we’ve always been overweight, we can lose weight, but we must be careful to maintain our goal weight. It was always a question of will and commitment, but also of humility and acceptance. We must recognize our imperfections and put in the hard work necessary to rise above our inclinations.

If we are not satisfied with our life, we have to dig deeper, go within. It may be that we are being too hard on ourselves or maybe we are not flexible. Dissatisfaction can result from a poor lifestyle or poor diet. Once we begin to discover what brings us happiness and what takes it away, we can begin to take steps to improve our lives. A good starting point for living our best life is daily prayer, regular exercise, eating a balanced, nutritious diet, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep.

Remember, when making or breaking a habit, be prepared for the occasional setback, after all we are only human. It takes anywhere from 18 to 254 days to break a habit or form a new one. But after an average of 66 days, the new behavior becomes automatic. So we mustn’t give up until we’ve finished what we started…because good habits, once established, are just as hard to break as bad ones.

“Your habits determine your future.” – Jack Canfield

“We build our character from the bricks of habit we accumulate every day.” — Zig Ziglar

“Motivation is the starting gun. Habit keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn

“Habits can enslave or empower. Choose wisely.” — C. Edwards


Friday, September 23, Tailgate Party from 5-6:30pm at the Versailles Vets Club (above), prepared by the Sons of the American Legion. There are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chili, fries and drinks.

Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th, New Bremen Pumpkinfest at the Crown Pavilion. A harvest festival with music, art, football and food. Happy hour starts at 4 p.m. on Friday. Entertainment throughout the two days includes Brother Believe Me, Katilyn Schmit and the Move, Forty Acre, Jay and Julia Riethman Music and Brothers in Law.

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Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, German Memorial Days in downtown Fort Loramie, beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at Canal Park, with entertainment both nights. On Saturdays, the food and beer stalls open at 10am

Friday to Sunday, 23.-25. September, Tipp City Mum Festival, daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, VHS FFA Fall Harvest Sale and Blood Drive from 8:30am to 12:30pm at Versailles High School.

Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th, Prairie Days at Shawnee Prairie Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Enjoy seeing the 18th century pioneer way of life featuring cider butter, crafts and games of the era.

Saturday, September 24 Karaoke from 7pm-12am at the Ansonia American Legion.

Saturday and Sunday, September 24th and 25th, Harvest Extravaganza at 5207 Weavers-Ft Jefferson Rd, Greenville. Located between Arcanum and Greenville, there’s plenty of food, live bluegrass music and over 75 vendors.

Sunday, September 25, All You Can Eat Breakfast from 8:30am to 12:30pm at the Versailles Eagles. This is open to the public.

Monday, September 26, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Memory Lane Dance at Greenville VFW. Music by Tom Everhart. Open to the public $5 admission at the door.

Tuesday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., breakfast with a wooden spoon.

Tuesday, September 27, 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Silver Sneakers Classic and 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Silver Sneakers Chair Yoga at the YMCA Versailles. These courses are free for those who have them on the Medicare supplement. Check your eligibility online at Silversneakers.com or call the YMCA at (937) 526-4488.

Thursday, September 29, 9-10:30 a.m. Breakfast at the Beanz Buttercream Bakery and Eatery, on the corner of Third and Walnut Streets, Greenville.

Thursday 29th September, Card Night down in the Versailles Vets Club bunker, starting at 7pm. Open to the public.

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The Versailles YMCA of Darke County is located at 758 Hickey Drive and is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Their mission is to put Christian principles into practice to benefit all residents of Darke County through programs that build healthy minds, spirit and bodies. The Y is also an employer with vacancies for lifeguards, fitness instructors and receptionists.

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Happy Birthday wishes from Ralph Gehret, Alexis Hemmelgarn, Eric Biggs, Rick Bensman, Rob Monnin, Lois Poly, Shirley Colvin, Joyce Riffell, Pam Ruschau, Stephanie Mestemaker, Sarah Jones, Mike Poling, Shirley Billenstein, Christa Russell, Samantha Uhlenhake, Rhonda Albers, Linda Nickell, Brenda McCoy, Brian Schwieterman, Mike Grillot, Elaine Peck, Chance Cox, Dr. Jocelyn Roper, Theresa Thobe, Landon Pleiman, Madison Covault, Michele Henninger, Steve Langston, Diane Martino, Jerry Bey, Amy Rismiller Funkhouser, Mike Mangen, Gloria Quinter, Amy Wagner, Kat Thiebeau Unger, Irene Stonebraker, Louie Von Duhn, Christy Kramer Fürst, Ashley Waters, Carolyn Rose, Jeannie Phlipot, Paula Schmitz, Doug Didier, Kathy Meyer, Mike Poling, Jennifer Parin, Regina Schieltz, Sue Ann Knapke, Mike Overholser, Heather Luebke, Bob Robinson, Melanie Parin, Carolyn Wolfe, Eric Hammitt , Charlene Subler, Rod Grillot, Angie Poeppelman as their birthdays approach, plus Tammy and Mike Poling anniversary wishes (28), Sandy and Chris Gigandet (29), Stefanie & Terry Monnin (29), Kris and Chris Tumbusch (30), Kathy and Brian Pinchot (?), Brenda and Dale Goubeaux (31), Debbie and Mike Shively (40), Donna and Jim DeMange (50), and Deb and Harold Pohl (54) and all the couples celebrating anniversaries.

Please extend your condolences to the family and friends of Ben Berning, 42, Dan Groff, Deborah Wilhelm, 70, Cletus Mangen, 81, Barb Quinlin King, 89, Edwin “Ed” Paulus, 94, and everyone else from those who have died, especially those whose death anniversary is approaching. Please pray for comfort and healing for the sick and suffering, for those struggling, for those caring for them and for those grieving the loss of loved ones.

As a courtesy, carpool to sporting events whenever possible. This is particularly useful when school-age children or grandparents want to go to a game but are unable or no longer able to drive at night. Parents can take turns driving their child and the neighborhood kids to ball practice, this helps parents not feel like they’re a long-distance taxi and allows them a little more time to focus on the rest of their family and other areas of their lives.

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