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In the mid 1990’s, I participated in a leadership development program called, IMPACT.   During this program we were guided by several skilled facilitators, educators, and leaders.    One such person was Ed Gash, who has been a good friend and mentor over the years.

I remember Ed challenging  each of us in the group to create a personal mission statement.    Here is the mission statement I created in 1995 …

THE BUILDER

I will build a strong Foundation by learning, experiencing and sharing the basic principles of God.

I will build solid Walls (family, friends, peers, etc.) by being a father, husband, teacher, mentor, leader, and deacon and most importantly by being a true believer that my foundation will hold whatever I build.

I will build overlapping Roofs with love, compassion, empathy, caring, listening, nurturing and the giving of resources and myself.

I will fill my buildings, by creating an atmosphere of positive living that inspires physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual growth.

I will invite everyone into my HOME!

…this statement still holds true for me today.  As I continue my journey to the good life outside of corporate America I want to make connections that count.   The best way to do this is to hold true to my mission and invite everyone into my Home which has an atmosphere of positive living that inspires physical, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual growth.

Living the Good Life,