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My Heart Was Crushed

I chose to start my usual “intro” of “Good morning!” although it’s been a challenging 10 days. Last Tuesday night, I lost Panther, my cat of 17 years.

He’s been by my side through a divorce from my high school sweetheart, 3 different homes, my 115 pound weight loss journey, several career changes (including going out on my own), and hundreds of naps together.

In fact, many days while writing my book, Rise and Hustle, he would lay about 4 feet from me while I wrote for hours at a time. We had a special bond.

As hard as it is for me to write this, I was there in his final moments. It was 1 am and I was rubbing him gently, telling him it was OK to let go. As soon as I said that, he did let go.

Saturday morning while watching the boys and my wife was running an errand, I was having another breakdown and my six-year old son, Champ saw it.

Champ: “You sad again Daddy?”

Me: “Yeah buddy. I miss Panther. 17 years is a long time and I lost a good friend.”

Champ: “But Daddy, you still have us” (as he points at himself and my other son Deakan).

Wow, the perspective from a 6-year old is powerful, isn’t it?

And speaking of perspective, I was encouraged from a friend that sent me this…

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. —2 Corinthians 4:17

There’s no doubt that we’ll all experience heartbreak. It’s a part of life.

But there’s good news. We’re going to experience eternal glory that outweighs that heartbreak.

Even when you are broken, keep rising and hustling.

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