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A LIFE IN PROGRESS: WHAT THE MIND IS BOMBARDED WITH, THE MIND WILL ACCEPT

By Ray Lucas

“What the mind is bombarded with, the mind will accept.”
While in high school I heard a speaker declare this as part of his presentation. I can’t recall what his greater theme was, but that quote has always stuck with me.

“What the mind is bombarded with, the mind
will accept.”

I have since come to see a universal truth in this statement. Marketing professionals have
long known this fact. You only need to think about slogans from McDonalds or Coca-Cola to
know it’s true.

“Like a good neighbor, _____ _____ is there!”

As most who have heard that State Farm commercial over and again, I’ll bet
you were able to finish the jingle. As a new parent, some 21 years ago, I was concerned about all of the negative messages the world constantly communicates to young
girls. I was worried about my daughter hearing messages that emphasized she wasn’t beautiful
enough, she wasn’t smart enough, or that her options in life were limited because she was a girl.

To counter all of these limiting messages, I began to lean on that lesson from years ago and repeat a simple message to her that I felt she needed to
hear and believe.


PERHAPS THE REAL VALUE WAS THAT I CAME TO BELIEVE THESE STATEMENTS AS I REPEATED THEM, AND IN SMALL INCREMENTS, THESE MESSAGES CHANGED THE WAY I SAW AND PARENTED EACH CHILD.


“You are smart, you are beautiful, and you can be anything you want to be when you grow up,”
I would whisper into her ear each night when I
put her down to sleep.

I shared these statements because they were true. I also shared them in hopes
that she would absorb them and make them a part of her character.
When my son came along a few years later, I realized that these statements should be tailored for him and focused on messages that boys need
to hear.

“You are smart, you are creative, and I’m
proud of you,” I repeated most nights.

It became such a regular ritual that as he grew older, he would interrupt me with mock contempt and an eye roll saying, “I know, I know, Daddy! I’m smart,
creative and you’re proud of me. You don’t have
to tell me. I know it.”

When my stepson came into my life, I felt it was important to add statements that were unique to him: “You are smart, you are a positive leader, and
you are loved.”

Being a stepfather is tough, and above all else I always want him to know he is loved.
When our youngest son was about 2 years old, I settled on what I thought he needed to hear: “You are smart, you are joyful, and you are adventurous.”

He has always been a happy child full of laughter and smiles, and I pray that always continues. I hope he also embraces his sense of adventure and discovery as he grows older.
Looking back, I should have included a little bit of “self-talk” over the years.

“You like folding laundry, you are a well-rested parent and you
love eating vegetables with your kids,” would be
an aggressive start.

After decades of repeating these statements to
my children, it’s fair to ask the question, has it made an impact? The short answer is I don’t know. I certainly don’t think it has hurt
their concept of self, but I suppose it will take more time to know how they
have absorbed these beliefs. Even if it has made a small impact, I recognize
that so have the many big life lessons they have learned from their parents,
family, schoolteachers, friends, the community, etc.

While writing this reflection, I asked my oldest son, who was home finishing
his COVID-19 interrupted studies in acting at the University of Cincinnati,
if he still remembered what I used to tell him.

“Of course, I do,” he replied.

“Do you feel it had an impact?” I asked.

“Well, I am preparing for a career in
the arts – that’s about as creative as it gets. Those attributes were probably
already a part of me, but I think hearing them repeatedly helped magnify
them,” he reflected.

As for my smart and beautiful daughter, she just graduated from college
with a 4.0 grade point average and will soon start her master’s degree program
towards a career in occupational therapy. I don’t know if those repeated
messages helped, but I’m proud all the same that she embodies all three.

It has recently occurred to me that maybe this practice was less important
for my children and more important for me. Perhaps the real value was that I
came to believe these statements as I repeated them, and in small increments,
these messages changed the way I saw and parented each child. I think the
power of repeating these messages was in the change it created within me,
not in them.

It’s also not lost on me that the value of repeating positive messages is
especially relevant in turbulent times like the ones we are living in. Whether
it’s parenting, relationships, leadership in my corners of the world, caring
for a vulnerable planet or promoting the rights and dignity of all people –
particularly my black and brown brothers and sisters – I have a responsibility
to put positive messages out into the world and repeat them over and again.
And it is just as true that these messages are as much about changing me as
those around me.

Lord knows there have been times, past and present, when I have not lived
up to my potential. Like most, I struggle to know the right thing to do and say
as often as I feel confident in my parenting, my relationships, my leadership
or my citizenship. There is no instruction manual on parenting or adulting
and the world is full of destructive messages.

Yet if there were such a document, I wonder if there would be a chapter
that focused on repeating the positive change we wish to create in the world
and in our children that would be entitled, “What the mind is bombarded
with, the mind will accept.” If so, that’s where you will find my bookmark.

German-American Grand Opening

A Day of Fun & Philanthropy

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-39-50-amA team from German American recently spent time at Rauch, Inc., a community that supports people with disabilities and their families. During their visit, the team provided a refreshing spruce up to their landscaping and enjoyed a day full of fun and smiles at the Rauch community.

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2018 Home & Garden Guide

We may not have actually experienced spring, so now is the time to set your sights on your home and garden.


Check out German American Bank’s home equity line of credit offer, which is perfect of any home improvement project.


Schedule an appointment with Blue River Cabinetry to learn why the company is a leader in the industry.


Be sure to visit Pool Man, the family-owned and –operated business serving Kentuckiana since 1998, for all your hot tub and pool needs.


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NO ANNUAL FEE. Pay no interest for 90 days!

*No annual fee. Annual percentage rate is accurate as of 5/15/18 and applies to new Home Equity accounts. The annual percentage rate in effect is 4.75% with loan-to-value of 80% or less and a credit score of 720 or above. If your credit score is lower than 720 and/or your loan-to-value is higher, your interest rate may be higher. Interest rate is variable and subject to change. APR will not exceed 21% or the maximum rate allowed by applicable law. Requires a checking account with us. Subject to credit and underwriting approval. Property Insurance is required. $250 early termination fee if account is closed within 12 months of account opening.

germanamerican.com

(800)482-1314


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-08-51-pmBlue River Cabinetry was founded in 1994 by a master craftsman in the heart of Amish Country. Today, Blue River’s owners and skilled-craftsmen, still hold Blue River’s rich tradition and founding principles very close. Unfazed by circumstance, the goal of the business to create the finest handcrafted cabinetry has carried over for two decades. The business has evolved by blending new technologies with Amish principles and standards of quality. Blue River continues to manufacture the highest quality of wood cabinetry in the region. Blue River Cabinetry is handcrafted in New Albany, Indiana with a full showroom for clients to explore our designs and manufacturing facilities.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment with our designers and learn why Blue River Cabinetry is a leader in the industry.

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Blue River will make your dreams come true. Whether your style is contemporary, traditional, transitional or urban industrial, we handcraft to your specifications. No job is too large or too small, as we create cabinetry for the entire home, a remodel or even one item to fit a specific space. Blue River offers kitchen cabinetry, vanities, bars, islands, bookshelves, range hoods, specialty inserts, and the list goes on and on.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-4-13-30-pm

Blue River covers the color spectrum with standard stains, dyes, paints, and glazes. Blue River can match your custom color, as well as offer a variety of available sheens from flat to high gloss. Our topcoats are durable, scratch and mar resistant, household chemical resistant and UV resistant to protect your cabinetry from normal wear and tear while retaining its beautiful luster and sheen. We use catalyzed conversion varnish sealers and top coats in our state-of-the-art finish facility for their unmatched durability and beauty.

1638 East Market St, New Albany

812.200.6670 | www.bluerivercabinetry.com

Blue River Cabinetry is 100% locally owned and operated and is handcrafted at its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New Albany, Indiana.


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Serving Kentuckiana since 1998, Pool Man is a family-owned and operated business that provides quality products and services related to the pool and spa industry. Pool Man offers a variety of services for pools and hot tubs including openings and closings, weekly maintenance, pool equipment repair, liner replacements, inspections, inground installations, and rehab work. In addition to this, the company also has a retail store where they sell above ground pools, hot tubs, chemicals, equipment, parts, accessories, and other recreational items.

They value their commonwealth and customers and strive to maintain a favorable reputation. At Pool Man, they prefer to treat their customers like family. Their goal is to provide customers with quality products and service, time and time again. Pool Man takes pride in educating consumers on how to properly operate their pool and spa in the most efficient way possible.

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All-inclusive package: Built-in overhead umbrella and matching spa cover made with weather shield material, built-in cover lifter to make removing and replacing your spa’s cover simple, built-in fold-up table perfect for holding drinks, games and more, built-in cooler to keep drinks cold, integrated easy access steps with handrail includes side well planters plus storage compartments inside each step, true form pillows, fountain with LED back lights, adjustable 2-tone jets, footwell LED light plus a whole lot more.

*Financing available by Key Bank

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Pool Man is an authorized dealer of Carolina Casual outdoor products. Their furniture, shown here, is made in America from ecofriendly materials. These weather-resistant products will not only complement your outdoor spaces completely but will also last you a lifetime.

620 Eastern Blvd, Clarksville

812.288.8889 | www.thepoolmaninc.com


Imagine Awards

March 10 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

Photos by Christian Watson

The 2018 Imagine Awards, presented by

German American Bank and benefiting

the Rauch Foundation, were held March

10 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.

“America’s Got Talent” season 12

contestant Kechi Okwuchi – who was

one of two survivors of a 2005 plane

crash – spoke and performed at the

event. Winners included Ima Abbott

(Individual Honoree), Cindy Cecil

(Community Leader Honoree), and

Archie Engle of Archie’s Barber and Style

Shop (Business Honoree).

German American Bank’s Oktoberfest

Oct. 25 • German American Sellersburg branch

German American Bank hosted Oktoberfest Oct. 25 at the Sellersburg branch. The invitation-only event featured live music, German food, fellowship and more.

Photos by Christian Watson

Business Spotlight | German American’s Clay W. Ewing Elected 2018 Chairman of Indiana Bankers Association

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Clay W. Ewing, German American Bancorp Inc., Jasper, accepts the Indiana Bankers Association leadership gavel for 2018 from Annette M. Russell, Security Federal Savings Bank, Logansport, at the 2017 IBA Annual Convention.

German American’s Clay W. Ewing Elected 2018 Chairman of Indiana Bankers Association

Clay W. Ewing, president, chief banking officer and secretary to the board of directors of German American Bancorp Inc., Jasper, has been elected 2018 chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA). He currently serves the IBA as first vice chairman and was elected to his new position at the Association’s annual business meeting on Sept. 11 in French Lick.

Ewing has more than 35 years of banking experience, and he joined German American in 1994 as president and CEO of a subsidiary bank of the company. Active in regional economic development, he currently serves as chairman of the Perry County Development Corp. and as a board member of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, in addition to service on various other civic and community boards. A past southwest region director of the IBA, Ewing is a graduate of Lockyear College and of The School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.