Dad, Someone Stole My Bike!

I hope everyone is doing well. This past Friday Oct. 25, 2019, I was on the Hollis Chapman Podcast Show. Hollis and I talked about how You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! is being used by people of all walks of life to help loved ones and people they care about, find themselves. Hollis is awesome! He works with Vets and others to help them find themselves, while at the same time helping them raise their self-esteem. He is helping a lot of people. I want to thank Hollis for allowing me to help him help others. If you would like to listen to the podcast show I was on I will put that link as soon as I have it. In the meantime here is the link to all of Hollis’s shows – https://www.blogtalkradio.com/hollischapmanshow

I also want to thank Dr. Kristina Hallett who had me on her podcast the Be Awesome show today, Oct. 30, 2019, also talking about how others are helping people with You’re Amazing. Dr. Kristina is helping an enormous amount of people. Thank you, Dr. Kristina, for allowing me to help you help others. As soon as we know the link, we will give it to you so you can listen to the podcast. In the meantime, here is the link to Be Awesome so you can listen to all of Dr. Kristina Hallett’s inspirational and informative shows. http://www.mentalhealthnewsradionetwork.com/our-shows/be-awesome-podcast/

I have also been asked on the Heroes Like You podcast next Friday November 8, 2019. Heroes Like You is hosted by an amazing man by the name of Joe Belliston. I have been blessed to have all of these podcast hosts inviting me on their shows in order to get the word out about You’re Amazing. The more people who know about their shows along with knowing about You’re Amazing, the more people all of us help. Each and every host is part of an army of angels who are bringing enlightenment and understanding to the human race. We will give you the link to the Heroes Like You podcast, that I am on, as soon as we have it. However, for now, I know you will want to check out Heroes Like You with Joe Belliston. Here is the link for Heroes Like You – http://www.heroeslikeyou.com

If you know of anyone who is struggling with their self-esteem, I highly recommend all three of these podcasts. All it takes is one person to change another person’s life for the better forever. You can be that person.

Now for this week’s story!

Dad, Someone Stole My Bike!

People who know me know that I married my sixth-grade sweetheart Debra Kading aka Deb. Deb was a magnificent and extremely strong woman. Like my present wife Linda, Deb would have had to be a strong woman just to put up with me. Being a struggling inventor’s wife is not an easy life. Deb and I were together for 22 years. We had two kids together, our daughter Jessica and our son David. Like all good parents Deb put an enormous amount of energy and love into raising our kids.

Then one day, when Deb was what we thought was a healthy 38-year-old woman, she collapsed on the floor. She was rushed to the hospital, but there was nothing they could do for her. Deb died the next day. Our daughter was 15 years old and our son had just turned 11. You can imagine how devastated I was. I literally had my sixth-grade sweetheart one day and the next day she was gone. However, I was an adult who had lived 39 years in which I developed coping mechanisms. But, my daughter at 15-years-old and my son at 11-years-old had no coping mechanisms at all.

We struggled just to make sense of it all. How could a healthy 38-year-old woman collapse and die? I struggled every second of every day to keep the kids moving forward one step at a time. Deb and I had taught Jessica and David that people are good and things will work out. We hung on for dear life to this belief system.

Deb and I had moved our kids less than a year before her sudden death to a new town. This town was more than an hour from where we had lived and it was in a direction we never went. I worked an hour in the other direction. This meant that we didn’t know anyone in this new town and to my knowledge no one knew us. This left us feeling isolated and alone when Deb died.

Then one day, not long after his mom died, David came into the house and told me someone had stolen his bike. I said, “Are you kidding me? After everything you’re going through and then someone steals your bike.” I have to admit my belief system was shaken to the core. I didn’t even have enough money to buy him another bike. All I could do is hug him and say nothing. How could I say anything? I taught him people are good and things would work out. Then two weeks after his mother suddenly dies someone steals his bike. Another week went by and we were really struggling mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.  

Then another week went by and I had to take the kids somewhere. After we did the things out and about that we had to do, we headed home. When we pulled in the driveway there was David’s bike sitting in front of the house. Remember we didn’t know anyone in this town. However, someone had taken David’s old beat- up bike and fixed it up to the point that it looked new. A perfect stranger had repaired or replaced everything on the bike. They had replaced the handlebars, the seat, and oiled and repaired the chain. Any and everything that needed to be done was done. To this day, we don’t know who fixed David’s bike.  

In the rushing around during day-to-day life we often see things in ourselves and in others we don’t like. We start paying attention to all the little aggravating things that don’t really matter. However, when the chips are down and you really need help, people come together and show how amazing we all are. You will never know how much a perfect stranger (anonymous to this day) helped my kids and I during one of the darkest moments of our lives simply by fixing a child’s bike.

My book You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! teaches, you are an amazing person and you bring something extremely special to this world that no-one else can. People are good, people are really good!

If you know of anyone who you have been trying to reach and have been unable to, you should try You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! I never intended on writing a book, much less a book that people from all over the country are now using to help people they care about.

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