|Henry & Dianne Ford
|Make Your Life a Celebration
Celebration is the keyword for this issue of VISIONS. Stories in this issue range
from a five-year old achieving excellence in school and sports, to a birthday
celebration for 103-year old Irene Mitchell. Included in this issue are stories about
community service, acknowledging a legacy by inspiring youth, celebrating a
retirement, and sharing wedding vows. Also included is the mention of one of life’s
greatest challenges, planning and executing a surprise birthday party.
Remembering the Crucifixion and Resurrection complete this issue with a
congratulations to the producers of It Started With The Cross.
Dianne and I were fortunate to be a part of several of these celebrations. Our
travels just during the past two months took us safely to (and back from) Temple
Hills, Maryland (Washington, DC area); Hickory and Charlotte, North Carolina; and
Port Clinton and Sandusky, Ohio. We were rewarded with good company, fond
memories and great hospitality.
We had new and unique experiences, including hearing a powerful sermon by Rev.
Millard Harris, a former member of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. That
experience reinforced our message to youth about the importance of academics,
and inspired us to write There is Life After a Sports Career.
I was happy for the opportunity to be on the same program with Rev. Harris and
other members of Morning Star Baptist Church. The invitation to share my
message, honor the memory of someone special, and acknowledge young
graduates made Father’s Day more complete. Ironically, during the same program I
was able to acknowledge Ms. Arlea Hunter for her years of community service,
wherein she has been a “Mother figure” to dozens and perhaps hundreds.
Not included in this issue, but of significant importance was a reunion of sorts with
family members on my mother’s side of the family. Separated so long by
circumstance, by geography, by aspirations, I was able to spend time with my two of
my mother’s siblings, Mary Kohns and Frederick Williams, my cousin Walter and his
wife Maureen (excellent host & hostess), along with my brother-in-law and sister,
Emmanuel & Jean. Margaret Gibson, our friend from the old neighborhood who
flew in from Texas, joined us one evening. Anyone who knows Margaret knows that
was a special time.
So as Dianne and I reflect on how much “life we have lived” in just the past two
months, and as we anticipate two family reunions in the next thirty days, we truly
understand that life can be and should be a celebration. The most important
earthly thing humans have is each other. We encourage you to set aside
differences with others and look for common ground, and make your life a
"Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts
toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him."
James Allen (1864-1912)
Author of "As A Man Thinketh"
"Seeing the world not as it is, but as it can be"
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18
Your Success Newsletter - July-August, 2006 - Published Bi-Monthly