It is my mission in life to take the initiative and the responsibility to make positive things happen for the betterment of myself, my family, my friends, my business partners, and all whom I come in contact. I acknowledge that I don’t always get to choose my mission, but rather willingly accept it.
The main principles on which I center my life are:
- fairness – treating myself and others with respect, equity, sincerity, and morality
- honesty – conforming my words to the reality of my circumstance, feelings, and thoughts
- integrity – making my actions consistent with my words
These principles create the foundation of trust – essential to all other things I undertake
- maturity – the courage to express my convictions and consideration for the same in others
- potential – recognizing the ability to grow and develop my talent
- growth – my potential can be released through an evolutionary process
- patience – the ability to endure calmly according to God’ s will and time, not my own
These principles create self-confidence that allows me to achieve effectiveness
I will use my self-awareness, imagination, conscience, and independent will to continuously focus on my character, to seek change from the inside out, to BE. I will use these tools to develop my own resourcefulness and initiative to make my responses to life a matter of my conscious choice.
I choose: to be happy, to be generous, to be loyal, to have a cheerful spirit and high motive.
I will stand apart from my emotions when examining problems I am faced with to understand whether I have direct, indirect, or no control and then plan accordingly, focusing on my own circle of influence. I will then take action to solve those problems in a positive, decisive manner.
I will seek to build relationships by:
- Understanding the individual – I will listen without evaluating, probing, advising or interpreting.
- Attending to small kindness and courtesies – there is much I can do in this area.
- Keeping commitments – I will make promises carefully, sparingly , then keep them.
I am committed to maintain my most prized asset – myself- through renewal in the following areas:
- Physical – maintaining my endurance, flexibility, and strength
- Spiritual – “the greatest battles of life are fought out daily in the silent chambers of the soul.” I will take time to keep a close personal relationship with God.
- Mental – I must continuously inform and expand my mind through reading literature, writing, organizing and planning for the future, and for self-reflection
- Social-emotional – I have to take time to make sure I remain true to my own principles (Gimpel)
A Eulogy of My Current Roles:
- Self – “He was a Christian, was a continuous learner, and a cheerful and positive force.”
- Husband- “He was trusting, supportive of her growth, and he really loved her.”
- Father – “He set an example for his son to instill responsibility, openness, and caring.”
- Son/Brother/Friend – “He was a good listener, was attentive, and worked to keep relationships.”
- Project Manager – “He loved to plan and he empowered others to use proper tools and techniques to solve problems in a team atmosphere. He collected meaningful data, provided accurate interpretation and practical recommendations to improve systems and processes. He got the job done.”
- Software Developer – “He developed software to simplify processes for the benefit of the people who need to accomplish things. He was committed to software freedom and a level business playing field.”
- Business Owner – “He was motivated to help others, by lending his technical expertise to the public. He was an efficient manager of business activities and projected a high level of enthusiasm. He was source of knowledge regarding project management, process engineering, statistical and quality techniques.”