Last week, April 3, 2001 was the 10-year anniversary of my
accident. I spent that day at home with Shon and my kids. She
created a video that made this another day I will never forget.
My children wrote and read letters in which they expressed their
love and support for me and for what I do for them.
Knowing that what I do every day - traveling all over the world
and sharing my message - is ok with them. Shondell also compiled
many letters from family and friends. This was truly a memorable
evening and a testimony of what can happen to all of us if we are
surrounded by people who we love and support us.
In honor of these last ten years, I wanted to share some
fundamental principles that I try to follow that help me be true
to myself and true to those I love.
1) GOD - Whether we call him God, Allah, Mohammed, Higher
Power, Jesus Christ or Mother Nature, I believe we aren't going
to be judged by what we call Him, just so long as we make the
call. I call him often and he has never NOT answered a call. I am
constantly reminded His Will Be Done.
2) FAMILY - No success in this world can compensate for failure
in my home. Shon and my children are #1. I strive to honor them with my actions and words.
3) FRIENDS - We are only as good as those we associate with, so choose your colleagues wisely. I thank God that I have been
surrounded by good people. When I look in the mirror, I want it
to reflect the qualities of my dear friends, which consists of
all of you who are reading these newsletters. Who do you see when you look in the mirror?
4) CAREER - Who would have ever thought my career would have been something I never dreamed of, yet, today, I find myself ''fully engaged'' in purpose and providing for my family and providing for those I serve. Are you "fully engaged" in your
5) HUMILITY - It's been said you don't find who you truly can
be till you have lost everything you once were. I truly believe
this - I have lived this. Prosperous is the man who embodies
6) PASSION - Are you willing to suffer for that which you love?
Passion doesn't mean just suffering for suffering's sake; it must
be pure and willing suffering. We are celebrating the purest of a
"True Passion" right now - Easter season. Would I suffer
willingly for those that I love?
7) INTEGRITY - "Doing what you said when you said you would."Seems like such a simple phrase, yet we see so many in the world who lack this simple concept. Such simple examples as being home for dinner 'at dinner time' or making time for our kids' activities seem easy to manage, yet how many times do we fall short at such simple tasks. Master integrity and those that know you best will love and care about you.
8) VISION - They say hindsight is 20/20 and indeed it is. Now
if only our foresight could be. Find a purpose and a passion.
Embody yourself in a vision and then transfer everything you
would have done to get that and start now.
9) GRATITUDE - He who possesses true gratitude honors the Giver of His Gifts. My mother-in-law taught me the law of Gracious Acceptance. It means not just being grateful during prosperous times, but in change, challenge and tribulation. Anyone can be grateful when getting something he desired. How thankful would you be if you were given something unwanted - a test - a trial a tragedy? Could you turn it into a blessing and be grateful for the lesson learned?
10) SERVICE - Serving other people truly must be the embodiment of all other nine principles. When I think of true service, one person always comes to mind. Mother Teresa. She gave all she had. We must be willing to honor the Giver of Gifts by giving what you've been given - especially in service to others. You have to give your whole heart; all of it. You have to give your whole soul; all of it. You have to give your whole life - all of it.