Hi, everyone. I am coming to you today from Memorial Stadium, which is the football stadium for Indiana University. I decided to take a weekend off. My dad told me many years ago that, the older we get, the faster the time goes. He was absolutely right.
It’s almost 30 years since I was last at Memorial Stadium. I came with my close friend, Phil Slotnick, who is a personal injury lawyer in Tampa. We came here to visit his cousin Kenny about 30 years ago. Michigan was playing Indiana, and here we are today, visiting his son who is a freshman at Indiana University. I’m watching my Wolverines play Indiana. The people in Indiana are unbelievably friendly. They have been welcoming.
We’re sitting with a bunch of IU fans. They are unbelievable people in the Midwest. I really appreciate being here. The weather is phenomenal. I bought myself an Indiana hat. I’m wearing my Michigan t-shirt. This is the t-shirt I bought in college. I only wear it during games. It’s pretty old, but I bring it out when it’s game time. I’ve really appreciated all the feedback I’ve been getting on my videos. It has motivated me to share a lot more of the personal side of my practice, which is helping families and individuals who are in crisis because of addiction and mental health.
When you give of yourself, as myself and my colleagues do in our practices, it’s tiring. Yesterday before I got on the plane, I felt like I was getting a cold. I said to myself, “Do I need to do this? Do I need to spend a weekend away with a friend?” I’m glad that I did. On the way here to the game, I got a call from whose child is in Florida and having issues. While I was sitting at the game, I got another call about a family that is in crisis. When you start to get those calls, you realize how important it is the work that we do. I don’t think it just applies to me and what I do. It applies to anyone who is building a business, trying to help people. I know lots of people who are doing that.
When you’re feeling tired, down and like you’ve had the energy sucked out of you, keep moving forward. It’s not always easy to do. On the days where I don’t feel like working as hard as I usually do, or when I go to the gym and don’t feel like being as intense as I normally am, I try to put one foot in front of the other. Maybe I don’t move as quick, but I keep moving forward. That’s the important thing. Keep moving forward.
I have flashbacks to the famous scene in Rocky when he is standing on the side of the street, giving his son a lecture about life. I think it was Rocky IV. The son was complaining that he’s a victim of circumstances. Rocky gives him a 60-second version of what life is all about. The line was, “It’s not about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” I think that’s the key. You have to keep moving forward. For all of those people who have been writing, emailing and sending me messages, I say thank you. It’s always good to talk to you and share thoughts, feelings and memories. I look forward to talking to everyone soon. Go Blue.