I taught kids and their families about conservation pre-stroke during the Anglers for Conservation’s Hook Kids on Fishing program. I believe I’d a way with words.
On June 10, 2016, I had a stroke. I was speechless for almost two weeks, and anybody who knows me knows that is a hard thing to fathom.
My wife, best friend and life partner of 38 years, Karen and I are homemakers and entrepreneurs. We are one, and we are separate a pretty perfect yin-yang. Karen is exceptional keeping the books, doing the taxes and giving me sound advice. Over the past 38 years as I have followed my passions for landscaping, being a fishing guide and publishing. Karen has been my backbone through all of this. We have raised four children, who some themselves now have children. We are immeasurably proud of them and are so fortunate they still live close and can watch our family grow.
We have approximately seventy trillion cells in our body working individually and in concert running our bodies and minds. It takes an instant for a thought/idea to come into our minds, and about 90 seconds to get this thought out of our mind or brain, but if we harp on it or dwell on it, it could be there in your mind for a very long time. (The old cliche “don’t dwell on it” definitely applies here.)
January of this year, six months after my stroke, I got a new job at our neighborhood Publix grocery store and the first regular job I’ve had for over forty years. They treat their employees like family. I am a part of that family, and with that, I am also treated like royalty because I serve all of my customers with respect. Because it is our purpose to help and to serve people is right up my alley.
The stroke has threatened our way of life, but in the end, our family, friends, and community continue to grow stronger, and that is ALLGOOD.