Well, I can say the Factor Team had a great time at the Chick Fil A event on Tuesday. Certainly fun was had by all, and we were able to get our exclusive line of Inspirational Apparel in front of several hundred event attendees. We sold some shirts, put on many tattoos, and took several great pictures.
However, as I let my mind wander about many details of the event, I just cannot stop thinking about one particular individual that is just really inspiring. If you met him, you would never know what he had been through. In fact, if you would not say hello to him, you just might not get the chance to meet him and hear his story. It really makes me wonder how many times I am just going about my day and getting all the stuff on my “to do list” completed in the few hours I have allotted, and I miss a simple hello that leads into a meaningful and inspiring discussion that is much more significant than crossing an item off the list.
His name is John, and as I was talking to a group of people about what Challenge Factor is and why we are so excited to be bringing this lifestyle brand to the marketplace, I was tapped on the shoulder by a middle-aged, pettite woman with a very unassuming smile. I could tell right away that she was just happy to be at the event. Her name was Patti. I instantly jumped into my Challenge Factor spiel telling her about the brand and that is designed to inspire, motivate, and encourage people to take on life’s challenges and factor the difference. She replied with a smile and proceeded to tell me about her son, John.
She told me John had just turned 20 years old and recently underwent a major operation; he had a liver transplant. I can only imagine the circumstances involved and the challenges that surfaced for this family. After doing some quick research I found out over 17,000 people presently have their names on a list just waiting for a liver. I immediately asked Patti where John was, and she pointed to the opposite corner of the parking lot where I could see one person sitting on curb near a small oak tree. I asked Patti what he was doing over there and told her that she needed to go grab him and bring him over. She informed that although John has many dreams and aspirations, he is just a little reserved and not very outgoing, and she also told me this was the first time he had really been out of the house since April when he had the operation because they had to be extremly cautious about John being exposed to any potential infections. She told me that she would talk to John and get him to come by during the event. To which I replied and told her that would be great.
The event went on, and I must have put on at least 50 temporary Challenge Factor tattoos. I kept looking over at the other corner of the lot though to see if John was making his way over to our tent. I later told Koach Karl about John, who was on hand for the Touched By Cancer Foundation and Athlon Endurance, and he instantly said that we have to go talk to him. So, we made our way over there with a Challenge Factor ABC Triangle shirt in hand. We sat down next to John, me on his right and Karl on his left, and told him hello. He replied hello, I’m sure wondering what are these two guys doing surrounding me. I told him that his mom had talked to us and told us about the recent operation you have gone through, and we just wanted to give you this shirt, because Patti mentioned to me you have many dreams and aspirations, and we just want to encourage you to live it out. John really didn’t say much, but we could tell that it meant a lot that we came over and talked to him. After a few short, silent moments and a brief smile from John, I told him to take care and Karl and I headed back to the Factor tent.
I think we are all similar to John in that we have dreams and aspirations, and yes, we want to go after and climb those mountains, but there always seem to be other issues that surface and turn into very arduous challenges that we didn’t ask for or want to endure, but we must in order to climb those mountains and conquer the challenges that lead to realizing our dreams. John has already conquered a very difficult challenge and that experience of overcoming such a difficulty will no doubt propel him to conquer many, many more challenges. Let’s all be like John, and even though we may be confronted by a difficult situation, let’s keep our dreams and aspirations in front of us and live them out.
A very special thank you to Patti and John.