Did you know that on September 11th, 2004 my family and I survived a direct hit from a Category 5 Hurricane?
Probably not. It’s something that I don’t much talk about anymore… but we did.
We were living in the Cayman Islands at the time, and the storm was called Ivan. It was a direct hit. Winds were clocked at 200 mph.
We lost almost everything: the cars, the condo, the jobs. Photos, computers, clothes and books…
All of it washed out to sea.
We were evacuated to Miami a few days later, with the two things that we didn’t lose, the two things that were the most precious to us: our children.
It took us over a year to get our lives back together. We replaced everything, eventually…
But I sit here and watch the news today and I see Hurricane Dean bearing down on Jamaica, and on our former home… and I think about how lucky I really am, and how precious life really is. I realize that I take so much for granted, and I shouldn’t.
I am incredibly thankful to have what I have.
I am thankful to have two healthy kids. I am thankful to have a beautiful loving wife. I am thankful for my parents, who raised me to be the man I am today.
I am thankful for my business, and I am thankful for you.