I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s about me. I may not be who you think I am. As a matter of fact, I’m not always who I think I am, who I want to be, or who I should be. You see, here’s the secret about me, I have a split personality. And, I’m not just split into two parts! My personality is split into so many segments that I’m never really sure who’s going to show up on any given day. Will it be the Introvert or the Extrovert? The Politician or the Poker Player? The Entertainer or the Critic? The Leader or the Follower? The Talker or the Listener? The Doer or the Watcher? The Reader or, most importantly, the Writer? Now that’s a lot of personalities, and, because of personality modesty, I even left out a few. All of these diverse personalities have a place in the grand scheme of who I am, but they don’t always show up on time or at the right time.

My Introvert and Extrovert are always around, ready to make, or not make, an appearance. They both are heavily influenced by their surroundings and circumstances. I’m a Georgia Bulldog fan. This year, whenever they play, I’m an extrovert. It’s worked out fine except for the Alabama game. Yeah, extroverts have their place under the right circumstances, but introverts have one character trait I really admire. I’ve never met an obnoxious introvert!

My Politician shows up at election time, and when he goes to meet the power players in Tallahassee, he sometimes brings the Poker Player along. It’s usually a good combo, as long as he doesn’t overplay it.

My Entertainer shows up often, sometimes to applause, sometimes to a chorus of groans and boos. My Critic shows up everywhere he’s invited, and in some places he’s uninvited, and he still needs to work on being kind and gentle and patient.

My Leader shows up reluctantly when needed, and then only when he feels qualified. My Follower shows up enthusiastically whenever he encounters a good leader.

My Talker has always shown up, but he is a better talker now than he used to be. That’s because he quit interrupting and became a better listener. My Listener got better just as soon as my talker learned how to zip it!

My Doer shows up when inspired, and gets such great satisfaction from doing his simple deeds that you’d think he would show up more often, but my Watcher gets in the way. It’s hard to start a project when my watcher wants me to; watch my neighbor work on his house, watch the weather, the football game, grass grow, Facebook and, ugh, television.

My Reader and my Writer have a good relationship. The reader is quality oriented and tries to read articles and books that inspire the writer, but the writer can’t show up simultaneously with the reader or the entertainer or the talker or the politician. The writer needs space! The writer needs to have the room to himself. If I’m preoccupied with all of my other personalities, as I often am when my column deadline approaches, the writer won’t show up!

I’ve cleared my mind and my desk so that the writer will feel welcome. I’m waiting. Waiting for the writer! I’m still waiting. Sometimes he needs a little help… Still waiting. A little encouragement… Still waiting. To be honest, sometimes he just needs a swift kick in the ****!… OK! OK! I’m writing now!

The holidays are upon us and Thanksgiving is first in line! As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the people of White Springs, including our men and women in uniform, our police, firefighters and emergency medical services personnel, our free press, our civil servants, volunteers, parents and children, and indeed all of our citizens who try, each in their own way, to make a positive contribution to our collective life in White Springs. When positive people step up and take a stand to do positive things, the job will get done and if you are drawn to these positive people, you’ll have a rewarding life and a great bunch of friends and neighbors. We have a lot to be thankful for in White Springs!

Want an extra dose of the Christmas Spirit? Join us at the White Springs Library on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m. for a live performance of "A Christmas Carol" by local actor John H. Bell. This hour-long holiday experience will get you in the Christmas Spirit. The event is free and everyone is welcome. For more information call the White Springs Library at 386-397-1389.

The White Springs/Stephen Foster Festival of Lights is back! Starting with the White Springs Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m., the park will be lit by hundreds of thousands of lights, and there will be decorations, music and much more. For Friday only, donations of canned goods and small toys to be distributed to needy families will be accepted as admission for the program.

Well, once again I’ve said enough, perhaps more than enough, but, as always, I do want to remind you that if you have news you want to share, you should let “Life in White Springs” help. We’re always glad to hear about goings on in the community and will be glad to share anything that is appropriate for this column. I am thankful that we can depend on each other, and I hope that we can continue to feel proud of who we are and where we’re headed, and that we all appreciate how White Springs and its surrounding region is a very special place, to be honored and protected. As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about, finding opportunities and enjoying your community and your life in White Springs.

Walter McKenzie



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