Episode 3: Strength to Love is about perspective. This episode stands to provide a different light on the finger pointing mentality we sometimes show, and instead, turn the light back on ourselves. We have the ability to chose strength, love, and forgiveness. This leads to growth, not pain. We are the master of our fate. We are the captain of our soul.
I open with the Man in the Arena, a speech by Theodore Roosevelt that hammered critics who look down upon people who are trying to make the world a better place.
One of those people was Martin Luther King Jr. He is someone I very much admire. His approach to dealing with hate and negativity is so simple yet very difficult. It starts with analyzing ourselves and forgiveness. We can show the strength to love by looking within. We can heal by actively and intently listening, taking accountability for ourselves, and learning to forgive. That includes forgiving ourselves. His sermon, Loving Your Enemies, is covered in the middle of the podcast.
I close out the episode by providing a way to stand up in the storm and have compassion for those that fail. I provide tenets I try to live by and a social media challenge.
The goal of this episode is to shine light on some of the dark thoughts we have and show you that it’s okay to put the heavy bag of resentment down. It’s time to surrender. Love is the Way.
Strength to Love – Martin Luther King Jr.
Episode 2: Strong Willed, is a story of strength, fortitude, and a celebration of resilience told through letters that were written to my sons from several months in 2015. In Episode 1: For Dad I looked back to the generation before me. In this episode, I take a look at the generation after me by sharing a story of life and death with my son, Connor. This story may bring you thoughts of sadness or grief, but I want to change your perspective on that. This is a story of choosing to overcome adversity, and how an unborn child recalibrated his father’s mindset with one powerful kick. Things happen to us, but like Connor proved, those things don’t define us. Good and bad things come and go like life speed bumps, but you can choose to have an unconquerable soul and turn anything into an action for good.
This is only part of Connor’s story, as I will discuss him more throughout this podcast. In this episode I tie together the words my parents wrote, especially my dad, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I share how I forgave my father about writing to his grandson too late in life, from a letter he wrote me on March 16, 1981.
Time is not a right, it is a privilege. Life is precious, unexpected, and unpredictable. But like my mom wrote to me in 1979, “This world is only as you make it.” Health is wealth. Vulnerability is strength. Strength is a choice. You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your soul. Choose strength and be unconquerable.
Books mentioned on the show:
The Art of Living by Epictetus
Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes
Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
Welcome to the first episode of The Sisu Way Podcast. There are many reasons for this passion project, and I’d like to start the show with my ‘why’. One of the major themes is the awareness, appreciation, connection and gratitude for life and the opportunity to leave lessons for the next generation. In this episode I share a deeply personal experience (12:41) and lesson in the balance of life and death. Within the same week, my first son was born and my father died. Life is a privilege, not a guarantee. It’s a reminder that health is wealth, and there is no time to waste in sharing how you feel with your loved ones. With that being said, I encourage you to start writing for your loved ones, and have the generation in front of you do the same. Don’t assume your kids know that much about you as a person, or that there will be lessons for them if something were to happen to you. There is generational information that is lost between is, and there is something we can do about it!
Another reason for the show is to motivate, inspire, and help others. I want to grow this together into a movement for service and personal growth. Surrendering, writing more on social media, and opening up personal thoughts is something I decided to do because I found it reached someone at the right time. That connection helps build us both up. Battles, adversity challenges are all universal and unavoidable but we have a choice how to react to it. Our attitudes and thoughts are in our control. Accountability is happiness and strength is a choice.
This episode was a relief for me to record. I did not know how I would feel recording solo for the first time, but I am glad I did it. I hope you appreciate my honesty and I humbly thank you for listening. I am very excited for what this show has in store for all of us!