The photo that I am sharing tonight is a photo of my grown son and two of his four children. I will share a photo of my daughter and her kids later. I don’t have the ability to put two photos up at the same time. It has been a busy and exhausting week. We sent a speaker sheet (it is a sheet that we will send to organizations, etc. showing speaking references and testimonials and telling them about You’re Amazing in order to get speaking engagements) off for lay-out to a new lay-out person since our friend Joe Tantillo has retired. There are still little things to set up like an email service, etc. which is time consuming, but we are getting there. I have an invitation to be on an Instagram show, which I believe is based in London. I will let you know more about that next week.
This week’s video on Neal-The Crazy Inventor is another installment of Teach Them The Game of Life. It teaches the importance of taking care of your teeth as you grow older. I share wisdom from older people that I was friends with and also things that I have learned now that I am 61 years old.
Now for this week’s story:
Do you have any idea how much further down the road to success you are when you start out liking/loving yourself?
My Lady Linda and I were just talking about our kids. They are now adults with their own kids. She and I were thinking about the different things our kids have said to us as adults. But first I need to give you a little background.
Our daughter was 15 and our son was 11 years old when we thought their mother and my 6th grade sweetheart was a healthy vibrant woman. (I’m just going to hit the highlights here because this really did happen) One day their mother collapsed on the floor and 16 hours latter she died. With the exception of my sister, thank god she’s still with us, over the next 4 months we lost every member of my family – Grandfather, grandmother, aunts/sisters, uncles/brothers all gone.
Then 4 months to the day of the kids’ mother dying, my best friend, who the kids called Uncle Dave, dies. Dave was also a business partner of the kids’ mother and I, whose weekend home we lived in as a business agreement. Because of this we lost our home. The business was essentially a start-up, so obviously it went under. Oh, I forgot, I had a part-time job working for one of the kids’ uncles. So I lost my job too.
You can imagine how devastated I was, and I was an adult. I was going through all this and even I could not begin to comprehend what a 15-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy were going through. You can also imagine how worried I was as a parent. We put one foot in front of the other and kept moving forward. Four years after their mother’s death, Lady Linda came along and helped finish raising our son.
If you are a parent, you know you have no idea how the kids truly view you until years later. This brings us back to where we began. When my kids’ mom died they were devastated. All they wanted was their mom back. Then years passed and the kids grew up and became adults. One day I was talking to my adult kids and telling them how sorry I was that their mother had died and they had to go through all of the other losses at such a young age. They looked at me and said, “Dad, if Mom had not died and the other things had not happened, we would not be the people we are and we like who we are.”
This brings us back to the beginning of this blog. Do you have any idea how much further down the road to success you are when you start out liking/loving yourself? Give your children the gift of liking/loving themselves.
In my book, You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It!, the reader answers questions at the end of each story and discovers for themself that they are as amazing as any other spirit on this planet. No better, but every bit as good as any other spirit. Once the reader understands that they are amazing, the only thing left for them to do to have true happiness is to find their passion.
If you are not doing what is your passion, you are living in an alternate reality. Every second that you live outside of your passion feels like a lifetime of misery. In You’re Amazing we stress how important it is that you find your passion. For this reason, we have a section in You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! that shows you one of the ways to find your passion and help in your journey to find your purpose in life. Order today at http://www.youreamazingandillproveit.com !
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You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It!
Neal G. Brownell
Guest on –
Be Awesome Podcast with Dr. Kristina Hallett (air date 3-3-20)
Heroes Like You Podcast with Joe Belliston (air date 3-5-20)
Let’s Live! with Thurman Greco – Woodstock, NY cable TV – Nov. 2019
Beyond Risk and Back with Aaron Huey (air date TBD)
Which Way? with Shari and Jann Simmons (air date Friday 1-10-20) The Empowered Whistleblower with Dawn Westmoreland (air date 2-24-20)