A Never-Ending Story: Not Yet Complete, And In Many Ways Just Beginning
My dad used to tell me that today was the first day of the rest of my life. For so many years that line bugged me, mainly because it was my dad saying it. But I am beginning to see how true those words are now. Every day I get to begin again. To live out this thing called life. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow is just that. Tomorrow. So the real story is all about today and what I do with it.
The story of my today is rooted deeply in the backstory of my yesterday. Within the interesting tapestry of my experiences through those yesterdays is a clue about who I am and what I bring to my coaching engagements, my advisory services, my speeches and my related business and personal encounters each and every today.
I was born a missionary kid in Chile.
At the age of three, I moved to Canada.
I grew up a preachers kid.
I loved school, mostly because of what happened around it. I was involved in every extra-curricular activity I could be. Music, sports, student council. I would often leave football practice in full gear and run to band practice where I played tuba. Full contact tubist!
I was chosen as valedictorian for my High School graduation by teachers and fellow students.
I went to seminary to become a minister. I got married and soon after graduated with religious education degree with a degree in music perfomance and pastoral ministry. Then into the ministry I went. I was a minister in only two churches. First as a youth and music minister. Then, my next role was as a senior minister. Despite my heritage, it wasn't for me.
I love what I do. Every day.
I am in love with and married to the most beautiful woman in the world. Without question, I am the luckiest man in the universe to love and be loved by Becky. Not only is she my wife, she is also my business partner.
I am the proud dad to Sawyer and Knox and adoring step-dad to Emma. My kids remind me every day what is really important in life. It's been a huge privilege to see each of them make an impact in the world.
In the fall of 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer. Despite it's massive impact on my life, it has been a gift of epic proportion.
But my story is not done... it continues. It is a never ending ride. Maybe not here as there is not enough room to write it all. But it is magnificent. And I continue to author it that way.
I hope you do the same.