Strong Men are Hard to Kill – Lessons in Gratitude
The title of this blog post is very real to me right now. As you might remember, on Thursday, March 10th, while driving home from a martial arts class, I was in a pretty tough car accident and in fact, I wound up totaling my 7,000 lb truck. Luckily, somebody or something was definitely watching over me and I managed to walk away without even a bruise or a scratch…
A few days ago, I had to go visit the auto graveyard to collect a few personal items from my truck…and to be perfectly honest with you, it really shook me…it shook me right down to my core. The attendant at the lot took a look at my truck and said, “Wow, you’re pretty darn lucky to be alive right now…They say that strong men are hard to kill, so you must be pretty strong.”
At that moment, I didn’t feel so strong. In fact, I actually felt a bit weak in the knees and soft in the stomach.
It really made me think about and appreciate my amazing family. My wife Dr. Robyn and I adopted 2 beautiful children in the last couple of years. Tallie Paige is 2 years old and Noah Stone just had his 9 month old checkup. They are both so full of life, energy and happiness…the thought that they could have grown up without me is quite disturbing. I learn from them each and every day.
And of course Casey Coal, our 10 year old Finnish Spitz / Sheppard Mix counts as a kid too (a furry one, but a kid none the less). My family is the light of my life…our home usually feels like a circus with babies and toddlers and dogs chasing each other non-stop…laughter can often be heard all the way down the street.
I’ve been doing pretty well since the accident, however the event itself, really made me take a look at my life and how I invest my time. I’m lucky enough to share almost every meal with my bride and I get to enjoy every morning that I’m not traveling with my kids. Trust me…me and Sesame Street are very, very close 🙂
The true purpose of this post is to let you know just how much I appreciate you and that I’m grateful you’re a part of my life. It means the world to me that you’ve put your faith and trust in me as a teacher and somebody who truly wants the best for you.
I’ll be in touch soon. Thanks for making a difference in the lives of your family, your students and your community.
Jason M. Silverman
Powerful Words Character Development
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