Excited about the New Year
I am currently in my friend RJ’s car. It’s 10:49, dark and rainy. I-85 passes beneath us on our journey to RJ’s home in Charlotte, NC. We just got off of a “work cruise”…that’s right, a work cruise. RJ and I work together on multiple ongoing projects so that when my journey with AfA is over my net worth is not ZERO. In fact, I will earn enough this year that come year end I will personally match all donations we’ve received up to this point in time.
This weekend aboard the ship was magical. I’m a member of a private members organization that is incredible and put this weekend together for me and 2,000 other members, and was free for most of us. It was incredible. I can truly say that in my own personal life and as well for AfA I will look back on this weekend as the tipping point of to success.
The cruise went to the Bahamas- it was warm, sunny and empowering. I, however, did not leave the ship. The reason for that choice was easy – onboard the ship were seminars given by billionaires (people who make a billion dollars a year) and many people whose net worth is well over a $1 Billion dollars. These people were almost all available just to talk to (if you could pick them out of the crowd). I chose to stay on –board and meet them, learn from them, and simply observe them.
Statistics will prove that if you want to be successful in any area of your life you need to spend time and learn from people who are already successful in the areas of your life you want to be successful in. Well, I was able to spend time around people full of uncommon wisdom and knowledge.
It was a truly incredible experience to spend time around such dynamic individuals as Kevin Trudeau, Marshall Sylver, Dr. Leonard Coldwell, Dr. Ted Morter, Dr. Mary Miller, Ed Foreman and many other incredible individuals. I’m a changed person because of this weekend.
If you want more information on the organization I’m a part of please contact me directly.
Anyways, I’m flying high and I know that this year has great things in store! Plans for the return trip are in full swing. The documentary segments from the USA, Mexico, Guatemala and Belize are nearing completion. The next segment of my journey is nearing quickly. We already have people interested in doing the documentary of the return trip and we also are filling team member spots for the return journey. We still have some positions available for people to join the AfA team and participate in the return journey as part of the support and media team, but slots are filling up! It’s amazing!
In 12 months I will be heading to Argentina to do the final preparations for the return journey and I am THRILLED! Everything is coming together perfectly and YOU are a part of that! Thank you!
It’s incredible for me to look back over the past 20 months, the places I’ve gone, all the incredible people I’ve met, all the thousands of people who now know more about autism than they once did, all the hardships that I’ve endured, and all the positive ways complete strangers have helped. The world is truly a wonderful place full of wonderful people who make living on our planet an incredible experience!
Sometimes people have a hard time understanding how I can view the world like that.
The world is good?! People are wonderful!? But haven’t you been robbed several times?? Then how can you say the world is such a positive place? Aren’t you afraid to travel through Latin America alone? You need to go with an armed guard! You’re going to get killed or kidnapped – because I that stuff happens all the time “down there”!
These are the sort of comments/questions people give me and all I can do is smile because I know the world is good. I know this for many reasons, but I will give you examples. In Guadalajara, Mexico a family took me in for several days who met me on the side of the road. In central Mexico a man stopped on the other side of a divided highway, crossed across the highway and stopped me – to give me Gatorade and money for a good lunch. In Guatemala, the deadliest country in Central America right now, a lot of people took me in, gave me a place to stay, drove me where I needed to go and ensured my safety all for no reason at all…
I have many other examples of the goodness of people, but you’ll just have to wait until I write my book to find out about them.
Now I’ll share with you a story I was told several times:
An elderly man was walking between two cities, heading from one to the other, when a young man coming from the other direction came up to him. The young man asked the wizened old man, “What are the people like in the city I’m going to?”
To this the man replied, “What were the people like in the city you just came from?”
The young man, with no hesitation, responded, “Terrible! They are the most awful vile people imaginable!”
Shaking his head, the old man said, “I’m sorry, but the people in the town I’m coming from are just the same as the ones you speak of.”
The two men parted ways a few moments later.
As the older man continued until he came to a place to sit and rest. While there another young man came up to him and asked about the city he had just come from.
The old man responded to the question with, “What were the people like in the city you cam from?”
Although he was coming from the same city as the other young man he started to tell the elderly man just how wonderful the people were in the city he’d just come from. He spoke of their generosity and love as it abounded.
The elderly man, getting up to continue his journey, smiled and said, “I’m happy to tell you the people in the two I’m coming from are just the same as the ones you speak of.”
Joyously, the young man continued on.
I find this story to be a very educational fable and I think it is a good way to describe how I perceive the world.