Sales Professional, Speaker, Writer (screenwriter, playwright, journalist, author), and Actor. I have been an award winning small biz owner, a Realtor, as well as consumer product pitchman. I've had it all, and, seemingly, lost it all, and I have had to dig deep, and to refuse to quit. I found, it is especially during challenging periods, where true growth happens. In many ways, I have been enriched far beyond my material world.
My business travels have allowed me to see our great nation, from coast to coast, and meet countless fine folks in every state, venue, or event. And, in many cases, I've been fortunate to call many "friend."
Suddenly, a change of plans with a medical emergency, interrupted my life, (and threatened to "sideline me" since late 2011) ; and, I realized I have been than more than blessed to survive, and yet, it is clear that we are not put here so that we can say we survived.
While my recovery is well on track, most recently I've been grateful to start writing again.
Just completed a short story about how a young man battles the devil for his life and soul...to be seen soon. Jumping now back into finishing the first novel in a series, "The Adventures of Gabriel Cash, Private Investigator" (working title) ASAP, and look for more works to emerge.
Some have asked that I write about the stroke, from a perspective few have. This I can say, to anyone who has experienced a stroke, or any medical crises, my advice is to continue to fight, every moment of every day, with every fibre of your being. "Fight the good fight" right to the final bell.
God has been good, and the the way I figure it, man needs mountains. The story of our hike up Mt. Diablo and the symbol that it signified for me are explained in the article "Mountains Are Climbed One Step At A Time" posted here on Hub Pages. (see below)
Another goal was reached, recently, as I struggled to finish a half-marathon in September. The key wrords there were "struggled" and "finish." What would the finish mean without a struggle to overcome?
It seems that with each challenge, regardless of how small, or large, there is a significance in each achievement, that pushes, encourages, as they embolden me to be aware that God has destined for each of us, uniquely, to be "More Than a Survivor!"
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