Never Giving Up

Thank you all for your service to our country and for sharing not only your stories but so many others who have never quit with your dedicated listeners (myself included). I have read Marcus’s book, seen the incredible movie numerous times and listened to as many podcasts as possible to keep myself motivated.

I am attaching an article written about me a few years ago when I was blessed to serve as president of the Texas School Public Relations Association.

As a stroke survivor who has had four heart procedures and a survivor of a horrific automobile accident that left me with a punctured lung and a severe misdiagnosed concussion I am here by the grace God. I remember the EMTs looking at my truck while others loaded me into the ambulance. I asked what they were looking at. One said “You are here for a reason, sir. We have pulled dead people of out wrecks that weren’t this bad.”

I am blessed to be doing as well as I am and still make the effort to get to the gym by 5 a.m. several days a week to keep myself in shape and most importantly, to fight off the depression that seems to follow stroke survivors.

Even with that, there are days when I just don’t have my A game but I still get going and make it to the office by 7 a.m. These are the days I enjoy your podcasts even more. These are days when my memory fails me….there are days when I have trouble finding the right words to speak…there are days when my left hand just doesn’t work well and there are days when I just don’t feel 100%. But as Rut says “suck it up buttercup” so I do and keep pushing through whatever ails me that day.

Even on my bad days, I realized that I am blessed to have a job that I love. There are a lot of people who don’t have jobs and have a chance to work everyday. That’s why I push myself hard to come to work and give my best effort. I even received a perfect attendance award just a couple of years ago.

Thanks again for your continued motivation.

Author: Craig