Second Chance to Live

Sharing Hope in the Face of Adversity — One Piece at a Time

Testimonies / Endorsements

Update: To aid in accessing my articles, I recently created article categories of my articles and video presentation categories of my video presentations uploaded to You Tube. Here are links to my article categories and my video presentation categories: Article Categories  and Video Presentation Categories

Rob McClenahan August 7, 2014 10:00 am

Hi Craig,
On behalf of our Home Care and Healthcare Advocacy community, I applaud you for your inspirational message when overcoming perseverance in your life time. The poignant message you’ve shared with us is an inspirational message for all people to work hard when overcoming adversity everyday challenges in life bring people.  After obtaining your graduate school education, you’ve found your niche with publishing almost 1,300 articles and over 200 video presentations.

If interested, I encourage interested readers of our discussion to share your inspirational message to lift the attitudes of countless people across-the-globe who might be down on their luck because of being diagnosed with a terminal or chronic medical condition. I thought Sue’s contention was insightful because the ‘modeling of your grief process’ can be utilized as a framework for others in learning how to adjust to the daily challenges we all encounter in our life times.

I now opt to conclude with your earlier uplifting quotation because this is an inspirational message to continue moving forward through the odyssey of life.

“It is not as important as what has happened to us, but how we respond to what has happened to us.” Craig J. Phillips

Thank you to everyone for your participation on our Home Care and Healthcare Advocacy group on LinkedIn!

Rob McClenahan August 7, 2014 10:00 am Social Media Specialist at Right at Home, Inc

Tracey Anne Miller — July 8, 2014 12:27 pm

Craig, I wish to thank you from my heart in reaching out to me a well over a year ago! A “reach out” from a survivor to a family member in need and connecting me to some amazing people in our community that is growing rapidly in support! Your story has inspired me, your recovery has inspired me, your advocacy has inspired me, your compassion and love has inspired me, and your passion to help others has inspired me. I am truly grateful and honored to be connected with you and look forward to growth in this community world wide! My Blessings to you and yours! Tracey Anne Miller, at The Miller Family Foundation (on the rise)

Tracey Anne Miller, at The Miller Family Foundation (on the rise)

Viki Kind, MA – January 18, 2014 4:58 pm

Craig’s message is universal. “You can find your way thru tragedy and build a new life.” It may not be the life you had before, but Craig’s message of hope, empowerment and love can help you discover your second chance to live – and live well. I am grateful for Craig’s beautiful writings. They inspire me and bring me comfort. As a speaker, Craig, speaks from the heart and is a living testament to his message. I am honored to know and learn from Craig Phillips.

Viki

Bioethicist and author of The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t

www.KindEthics.com
www.TheCaregiversPath.com

Conference Attendee Comments

Recently I was a guest speaker at 2 different conferences: Alaska Peer Partnership Conference  in Anchorage, Alaska in April 2013 and the Embracing Life and Living Well after Traumatic Brain Injury Conference in Seattle, Washington in May 2013 A few comments that I received from my participation in these 2 conferences were:

“While listening to Craig a light bulb went off regarding my son who experienced a TBI (unknown to me) in middle school and some thing that may help him” and “I was extremely impressed how he showed us how determination is usually all it takes. I appreciate your story tremendously” and “I learned more about individuals with brain injuries” and “keep after your goal”.

“Extremely inspirational, grateful for the entire workshop. Didn’t feel like going & I feel completely uplifted by the experience with Craig”, “I have read Craig’s blog for years. Thank you for bringing him to the conference. He is amazing and very uplifting.”, “He shared his point of view on many levels so that various people could understand”, “Very caring speaker”, “A wonderful story of hope!”, “Craig has lived his subject and has persisted-good message to impart” and “A very inspiring speaker!”

In October 2013 I was asked and gave a keynote presentation at the Southwest Conference on Disability 2013  in Albuquerque with the University of New Mexico. I spoke to approximately 600 – 700 individuals.

Here are several testimonials / endorsement from the conference and my keynote presentation:

Niketa P. Sheth, MPA

Senior Vice President, Quality of Life

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

I met Craig at the 2013 Southwest Conference on Disability, where he spoke as one of the keynote speakers for the conference. His remarkable words of inspiration moved hundreds of individuals in the room. Craig has an impressive ability to share his personal experience in a way that just about anyone can relate. His remarks brought strength and motivation to many in the audience. Craig has also invested much time and effort in creating many resources for individuals. I admire Craig’s dedication to inspire our community through his work with Second Chance to Live.

Niketa

Rolf B. Gainer, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Craig Phillips is an exceptional person who has constructed his life to help others. I had the privilege to meet Craig, in person, at the Southwest Disability Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October 2013 where he was a keynote speaker. I had known Craig prior to that conference through his website and on-line presence where we had the opportunity to interact and learn about his work. What is impressive about Craig is his forthright manner about discussing his brain injury, it’s impact on his life and his devotion to helping others through Second Chance to Live. Craig has written a blog on our NeuroNotes which has brought his work to others living with brain injury.

Rolf

Rolf Gainer Ph.D. | January 29, 2013

NRI Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital

Craig J. Phillips, MRC, BA,  has experienced a traumatic brain injury and through his journey he has created a website A Second Chance to Live which offers each visitor a unique resource for living with brain injury or other invisible disability. Mr. Phillips provides a rich personal exploration of the challenges and barriers he faced in his life following his injury. Each of his teachings are filled with introspection and good sound advice.

For a person living with the effects of a brain injury or other disability, Mr. Phillips will be a powerful resource to staying on the road to a full return to enjoying life. An inspiring project and great tools for recovery and life. I recommend his work and encourages readers of this blog to visit Mr. Phillips’ website:
http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/

Rolf

Jennifer S. March 15 2013 10:44 pm

Craig, you are a brave inspiration to other Brain Injury Survivors (myself included) out there! I am legally blind, but your video’s have touched me in so many ways. It is as if you are reading my mind at times. Bless you for what you do to pay it forward to other Survivors!

Jeni

Lorraine Murphy September 20, 2012 10:25 am

“Craig is one of the most inspirational figures I’ve ever met. He has not only come back from traumatic injury to achieve greater things than most people dream, he’s retained his humility and his essential good nature at the same time. It’s simply an honor to know him, and I would recommend him to anyone as a speaker or educator. He is at the top of his field.”

Lorraine

Dolly Salters March 8, 2012 7:58 pm

My endorsement for Second Chance to Live. My son William is two years old. He was born three and a half months early. He developed NEC at two weeks old. William had an emergency colostomy surgery. He didn’t pee for two weeks after that which caused severe swelling. He experienced a grade four PVL that left him with brain damaged that caused cerebral palsy. He has global developmental delays. He just turned two and he truly is Strong Will. In the last two years i have done a lot of research and social networking. I found Craig and Second Chance to Live through a group on fb. The messages are practical. They give me a new outlook on situations. I feel motivated by Craig s articles. There are so many ways to look at your situation. Take a look at Second Chance to Live Articles and allow yourself to to use the gifts, talents, and abilities God has given us. We all are in this together. Anything you can do to raise awareness is great. Support our brother Craig and enjoy your reading! Hugs

Dolly

Dolores E. Green BSW, QMHP, MBA Pending January 7, 2012 12:35 pm

I am very impressed with Craig Phillips’ work, articles, and information especially on the “Second Chance To Live” website that he founded, and authors all articles of very valuable information to not only brain injury survivors but also to those that serve this population and their families.

Craig’s passionate desire to inspire others such as myself as a brain injury survivor by choosing to reach out through his own hardships and sharing with a community of friends who so need what he has to offer has helped educate me regarding the Grieving process after TBI, relationship issues and conflict, and most of all about my rights and services available to me as a TBI survivor.

Through Craig’s mission to help others, i have learned most of all that I am not alone and his ministry is touching the hearts of so many across the globe. I am grateful for our connection through my Case Management Services and connection with the Community Futures’ Foundation in Richmond Virginia.

I am honored to help Market Craig’s website on wordpress.com called seconchancetolive.org because I share in his mission, goals, and vision. The work that God has chosen to do through Craig, I believe will travel the globe and bless multitudes of people from all walks of life.

My injuries have been accumulative over the years until a car accident of 2005 complicated an already difficult to manage illness-Traumatic Brain Injury. I was not aware of the resources and help, so I was not given much of it until a job transfer in Social Work and Counseling warranted my transfer from Wytheville Virginia to Richmond Virginia.

God has blessed me with a strong support system through the Community Futures’ Foundation here and via their links I was connected to Craig and secondchancetolive.org.

Friends, I hope you will support this ministry by connecting and subscribing to Craig Phillips wordpress.com page today called secondchancetolive.org where you will find 800 articles on advocacy, education, and resources of not only brain injury issues but dealing with grief, loss, self-esteem issues, and many more.

Please connect and be blessed today and allow God to minister to you right where you are on your life’s journey today.

Peace and God Bless to Craig Phillips, secondchancetolive.org, all brain injury survivors, their families, communities and organizations that serve brain injury survivors, and YOU!

Sincerely,

Dolores E. Green Torres, BSW, QMHP, MBA Pending

Ken Collins Program Manager at San Juan Center for Independence, Gallup, New Mexico January 3, 2012 2:21 pm

“I have known Craig for several years and can say his advocacy work for people with brain injuries is outstanding. He is committed to his work and this helps many people with brain injuries to live more rewarding lives in the community. Craig is a role model and advocate for people with brain injuries. I highly recommend him and the work he does on his Second Chance to Live Website!”

Ken

Viki Kind, MA is a Clinical Bioethicist, Consultant, Professional Speaker and Hospice Volunteer January 2, 2012 9:16 pm

“Craig is an inspiration and a person of great wisdom. I love his writings and his dedication to helping people find their way through a medical crisis and back to a meaningful life. He has so much to teach all of us as we journey through each phase of our lives. I admire Craig’s ability to empower those who need the motivation to begin again. I highly endorse Craig as a motivator and inspirational speaker.”

Viki

Fermin Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer/ Founder, Freedom Veterans of Florida, Inc worked with Craig J. at Second Chance to Live

“Mr. Craig J. Phillips, MRC, BA., is a tremendous asset to any school, organization, or corporation in need of his services.” October 31, 2010

Fermin

Walter Hamilton October 15, 2011 9:20 pm

“Through the few years that I have been following your articles, and using your example of allowing the process to happen one day at a time I was granted a unique opportunity to experience, a great spiritual awakening. I have learned, to slow my mind down also to appreciate life’s challenges. I have grown as a loving father and a compassionate person from my journey being guided by the process, and living with traumatic brain injury and so my friend; I’m living life on life’s term. Second Chance to Live is a great gift from God. Thank you and May God bless you and your family.”

Your friend

Walter

Kevin Martin, Unified Communications Analyst, Duke Energy was with another company when working with Craig J. at Second Chance to Live November 26, 2010

“Craig has achieved beyond the expectations of others as a TBI survivor and is doing a lot to bring attention to the hidden nature of this condition both personally and through his website. He is also helping empower others to reach their potential in a way that is non judgmental and positive!”

Kevin

Don Crosby, Founder/CEO at Global Behavior Companies Charlotte, North Carolina Area hired Craig J. as a Speaker in 2010 November 22, 2010

“Craig Phillips is an amazing man with the story to prove it! His passion and quest for life is an inspiration to all who slow down long enough be touched. I have had my operations and physical challenges…but when I compare my story to Craig my eye’s become full of tears and sadness of his journey to fight for his life. He could have quit, but he’s a courageous fighter to help others by encouragement of how they also can succeed and overcome any obstacle. Support Craig, you’ll be glad you did.”

Don

Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Tony Morris, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Writing, Armstrong Atlantic State University was with another company when working with Craig J. at Second Chance to Live October 27, 2010

“Craig is as tireless advocate for people living with brain injuries, invisible disabilities — or adversity in general — and he works hard to promote the concept that people no longer have to remain alone or isolated in their disabilities — that they can reach out to one another to find comfort, courage and hope through the power of identification.”

Tony

Lorraine Murphy, skookumchick, raincoaster media ltd worked with Craig J. at Second Chance to Live

“Craig is an inspiration to those of us who’ve come to know him through his blog and work on various other social networks including this one. He is unsparingly kind, respectful, hard-working, and precise. His achievements and the media recognition he’s attained are truly remarkable.” May 8, 2009

Lorraine

Nancy H. commenting on my YouTube video presentations August 23, 2011

I do not have a ‘disability’ other than being human, and I find your words extremely encouraging for every day rigors of life. Maybe disability isn’t really a disability, it’s an opportunity. One that all of us ‘abled’ people could learn from as well. The opportunity to find out that none of us are really that different from each other. No matter what life throws at us, we can stand up and move forward, together, and get there, or not. It’s a choice. And, in the end, we are not that different, in that we experience the same feelings of joy, accomplishment, defeat, determination, perseverance, love, comfort, general pissed-off-ed-ness. All these moments make a life worth living. Please keep up the good work.

Nancy

Judy H. September 13 11:11 am

I feel so blessed to have found Craig’s Second Chance to Live site. His writings have been an inspiration to me. He’s gotten me through feeling worthless. I too am a traumatic brain injury survivor. I had a great career at an advertising agency.

Judy

Loyal Miller July 30, 2011 8:56 pm

Craig,

That presentation is amazing. I just wanted you to know that not only has second chance given me courage through my journey. It has also given me hope through a world in which I tried to mask myself with denial. Not only did I mask I hid myself from others due to embarrassment and confusion. Because I didn’t want others to know that in the worlds eye that I was less than everybody, and it hurt me. It hurt me because of not having humility to humble myself and say I need help. That just led to people coming and going, in & out of life. You have given me new insight with your website which is very encouraging to me and others with an unseen disability.

Because of your encouragement I will never look down at myself again, no matter how arduous the journey is. That is to say with a relationship with God and family I am able to walk this out, and it’s been difficult at times. Brain injury is tough, and its even tougher when you don’t have others that understand or others that simply say that’s not possible, your making this up, it can’t possibly be that hard. I’m sure you’ve heard discouragement from others in family and outside of family too. It’s like they don’t want to see you now. They want to look at how you were before the injury. That to me has been difficult. I’m still Loyal, but not the same as I was pre-brain injury, and that is where the line of distinction is. That recognition has not happened for me with all family or friends. To have a friend such as yourself that knows personally how devastating things can be, and to keep a positive outlook despite what you’re going through goes a long way. Thank you so much for everything that you do to encourage people like ourselves, and just keep up the good works. I hope that everything is blessed for you & yours always. God bless you!

Your friend,

Loyal

Brenda Bell July 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm http://brendabell.org
Tiger Lady USA

I can say a lot about Craig Phillips “Second chance to live.” I’ve taken time out to read his articles and I highly recommend every reader to read his articles. I have taken the time out to speak with Craig Phillips, a great human being! He now shares his message on my website because I believe a lot of people can benefit from his post and messages. Sometimes, the real world and society may not understand us or those with brain injuries or TBI survivors. We are just out there, almost forgotten. But with “Second Chance to live” there is support around. More power to you Mr Craig Phillips, God gave you a true purpose. In true respect,

Brenda

Jennifer Vanella Soprano June 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm Ex, director Jmvrainbowvisions Inc.

A few months ago as I was searching for disability success stories and inspiration and then I came across Craig’s Master Piece ‘A second chance to live” and it stopped me in my tracks. Craig’s passionate words not only uplifts the heart and soul but really reminds us the only thing that can stop us from being successful and happy in this world is ourselves. As a person who has had brain damage her whole life it was inspirational to find another person who gets what it can be like. Keep writing and inspiring –

Jennifer Vanella Soprano

Scott P. Cole May 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Craig Phillips’ ‘Second Chance to Live’ has been a most welcome support to my own travels through the confused-and-confusing world of recovery from/with traumatic brain injury (TBI). This experience is a huge, at times unwieldy and frustrating “process” (my own recovery is now in its 23rd year). I have found his words to be extremely supportive to me personally, in providing a source of invaluable information and support from one who has, in his own remarkable life with the injury, experienced so much of what many BI survivors have experienced/will experience.

The nature and quality of the man’s *heart* is readily apparent in the comfort he supplies to our community.

Scott

Susan October 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Craig

Thank you for your support with TBI!

Your feelings and truth have helped me as a parent beyond imagination. I am sad that one has to endure such a great defeat but on the other hand excited that God has chosen only the strong to move forward with TBI the gifts that have been given to each TBI survivor are unwrapped around the world because of great people like you.

Craig’s work on Second Chance to Live is a lifeline for those living with traumatic brain injury, as a survivor or a loved one.

Thank you

God Bless

Susan

Donald Parker Myhealingbrain.com May 27, 2010 3:40 pm

Craig is gifted and prolific. What stands out the most, for me, is that the articles are short and to the point. Reading long essays is challenging for me, but the articles at Second Chance to Live are manageable and the content is easy to follow and understand.

So far, after following Craig’s writings through a Twitter feed, for a couple of months, I have learned a great deal about brain injury and I find it comforting to know that someone else understands me, and what I’m going through, on a daily basis.

I highly recommend following Craig’s writings on Second Chance to Live – he is an asset to TBI on the Internet. Thank you Craig.

Donald

Ken Collins, Program Manager
San Juan Center for Independence
Gallup, New Mexico
PH: 505-726-2709 March 22, 2010 12:15:38 PM

I wish I had Second Chance to Live to read after my brain injury 33 years ago (December 31, 1976). Your words and insights are doing a great service by helping people with brain injuries and their families better understand many of the issues we live with on a daily basis. As many of us who live with a brain injury know there is no silver bullet or magic pill that will make things better – QUICK.

Our recovery is a slow process and Second Chance To Live makes this process a little easier. Second Chance to Live is a great tool for those of us who provide Peer Counseling to others with brain injuries. Your efforts also offer hope and hope is something we all need as we go through this process.

Hope is something that gets stripped away over time and without hope it makes the process of recovery harder and more complicated than it needs to be.

Thanks Second Chance to Live for providing hope!

Keep up the excellent work you have undertaken on this journey of helping to educate “all of us” about brain injury.

Best wishes,

Ken

Diane W February 8, 2010 at 2:47 ame

I had a TBI on 9/16/07, as the result of a car accident. I was airlifted to a hospital and my broken bones were repaired there. Several other body parts required medical attention and after coming out of my coma I was transferred to a nursing home/rehab facility. I wasn’t made aware of my TBI until two and a half months after the fact. I knew that I wasn’t “right” but I didn’t know why. I spoke slowly and had trouble putting my words together among a multitude of other thoughts, behaviors and physical changes that I’d not experienced before. I’d always thought that the saying “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most” was funny. It was no longer funny to me, it was too true of me! I’d re-learned how to eat, walk, and talk. Now it was time to really use my head. Somebody had brought my laptop computer to my room. “The old me” used to read and write a lot on my laptop. After months of not using my computer and having memory problems, I found that I had a great deal of difficulty just trying to remember stuff like my user names and passwords. It was then that I realized that I had to start all over. After I rediscovered the benefits my computer had provided, I knew that I had to learn more about brain injury. Family and friends made a point of saying that I was given a second chance to live. I then learned about brain injuries and came across the Second Chance To Live website. I had finally found what I didn’t know existed; a candid website written by a brain injury survivor. Craig’s honesty and candor and insights have kept me grounded. I believe that God blessed me in a very personal way by letting me be exposed to a real life guy with a BI(Craig) that experiences hardships, successes, disappointments, self-doubt and self-discovery in everyday life. Craig’s personal stories provide insight for living every day life. Thank you for using your giftedness to help me.

Blessings,

Diane

Carol Welch 2009 /10 /11 10:51 pm http://tossandripple.blogspot.com/

I came across Second Chance To Live as I was researching for a link regarding the “identified patient.” I was writing a blog regarding my own journey and recovery from neglect, and spiritual/emotional/verbal trauma and abuse; thus my search for a link. I wanted a link that was heartfelt, validating, informational, and empowering. I found several links and looked them over. One of Craig’s web post deeply resonated with me and I picked that particular article as the reference link on my blog. At the time, I also read other articles on Second Chance To Live. Shortly thereafter I met Craig via email and we have exchanged correspondence on and off. His correspondence has been genuine, respectful, down-to-earth, and inspiring.

I am not challenged with a traumatic brain injury, yet Craig’s sharing’s are helpful for trauma across the board; not only traumatic brain injury. I find his approach and empathy, mixed with responsibility and valuable tools to help a sufferer learn to live again, empowering. I refer to his sharings from time to time to assist me in my own continued journey of re-discovery of life.

With deep gratitude and hope,

Carol

Lea Strongheart 2009 /5/28 11:00 pm

Sometimes when we least expect it, we are blessed to cross paths with an authentic being who has the ability to leave a lasting deposit of love in our hearts as well as in our lives. Craig Phillips is such a person. Like many others who have written, I have had several brain injuries and complex PTSD. One day I found Craig in my email..I do not know how he got there…neither did he. Divine intervention I suspect. I was fighting for my life. My will to live was gone to the point where I had experienced a full life review while in a state of deep prayer. Craig directed me to his writings and reading them helped me. Then he started writing to me every couple of days. A joy. Over the past six months more of my soul essence has returned, and I am starting to feel better. Craig gently confronts me when my thinking is distorted…and reminds me who and what I truly am..because I forgot…His peaceful spirit,unconditional love and compassion have played a huge role in my ongoing healing…I am no longer hopeless or helpless. I even laugh occasionally. Craig is a blessing to me, and to all who connect with him. The essence of holiness is love. Craig embodies love. When you have been blessed by Craig, be prepared..your life might just change. Mine has.

Lea

Tom Tuohy 2009/4/10 4:14 pm Dreams for Kids http://dreamsforkids.org/

Craig has truly taken his second chance and made it a model for living with purpose. He is living with the essence of empowerment – embracing circumstance and creating from it a life which is not less but, more than it ever would have been.

I founded Dreams for Kids 20 year ago as a place for youth to be empowered and to live a life of infinite possibilities. There are those who seem compelled to remind us what we have lost and what we cannot do. Craig reminds us that life is lived in the moment with the gifts we are given and the opportunities which are ever present. His principles of acceptance and empowerment are text book examples of how to live a full live. In making each day a good day, you have made your life a good life Craig, and quite an extraordinary one.

Tom

Marlee Kivens 2009/3/25 at 11:55 am
Empowering Jews With Disabilities
empoweringjewswithdisabilities.org

I have only known Craig for a little a short time, but from the life experiences he has posted, he has a great attitude. Living with a disability is not always easy (I should know I have Spina Bifida), but Craig chooses to take the negative and turn it around to empower himself and others. I have added his blog to my own website, Empowering Jews With Disabilities. His message crosses all boundaries and religious beliefs. My life, and my friend’s lives that I have made through my own website are enriched by his online presence. He brings a voice to TBI that no one else does.

Marlee Kivens

Jen 2009 /2/15 at 6:58 pm Batemans Bay.

My name is Jenny and I suffered a serious closed head injury in December 2004 when the car that I was driving hit a tree. I was unconscious when they found me and I wasn’t expected to survive the night. I spent 9 months in a rehabilitation hospital learning how to walk, talk, swallow & eat & use my fine motor skills again. 4 years later and I’m much better than I was, but I’m still not there yet.

Talk about a challenge!

I live in the small town of Batemans Bay which is in Australia. Batemans Bay is about 5 hours down the coast from Sydney in New South Wales and I felt totally alone until I found Second Chance to Live.

Almost 4 years into my new life as a brain injured soul a social worker gave me the link to Second Chance to Live.

This is the best and most personal site that I’ve ever come across and I wish to applaud the creator (Craig J Phillips) for his tireless efforts in creating articles and offering unconditional support and encouragement to anyone involved in some way with a brain injury.

There is no particular story that stands out to me as I quite often find myself agreeing with what he says. He has a way of articulating what many BI survivors are thinking.

Craig (the creator) did say one thing that has made a huge difference in the way in which I live my life though. That statement will always stay with me. He said “life is for living, not merely surviving”. When I read that statement I realized that in the 4 years since my accident I had been hiding away from the world and just surviving, when I needed to be out there living my new life. I have been doing just that ever since and it has made a big difference to how I feel about my life.

His words of encouragement and first hand experience have helped me enormously, so thank you for creating this site offering encouragement. Many people would feel “doomed” and think that the best of their life is over (I know that I once did), but you encourage people to make the most of their deficits/limitations and to use them as best they can to create a fantastic new life.

Thank you Craig.

He inspires me to remember that having a brain injury just makes me different and that I need to accept who I am and create a wonderful life for myself based on my capabilities.

Craig suffered a brain injury over 40 years ago, so he has lots and lots of practical experience.

He is more than happy to give unconditional support and encouragement, and I’ve found his articles to be a valuable reminder that I’m a special & unique person.

I urge you to tell people about this site as it is by far the best brain injury site that I’ve ever encountered.

Thanks Craig for creating Second Chance to Live.

Jen

Lori aka: RisibleGirl http://www.mostlyrisible.com wrote:

This guy is simply awesome

I found my way to the “Second Chance to Live” site while doing searches on traumatic brain injury. The author of the site, Craig J. Phillips, is nothing short of an inspiration to me.

I think that anyone can benefit from his posts, whether it’s someone with TBI or another chronic illness. It is not an exaggeration to say that I always take time to savor what I’ve just read after reading one of his latest posts.

I especially appreciate that he knows what having TBI is like and oftentimes his posts are something that I really needed to read right at that moment.

As I previously wrote- even if you don’t have TBI, I think anyone can benefit from his posts. He’s somehow able show me rainbows while acknowledging the dark clouds. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.

That’s an awesome gift.

Lori

Diana Freeman From Living Life on Life’s Terms and Winning, 2008/09/05 at 4:20 PM

What a great inspiration for people everywhere to keep trying even though life may not be easy or what they want. I had something similar called ocular kerotitis and lost the vision completely in one eye and partially in the other due to a sulfa drug reaction. The doctors weren’t sure if I would get my vision back partially or completely. It is enough on top of the already difficult day to day living to know that God is putting more on your plate. It is definitely how you as an individual choose to deal with it and any other situation life throws at you. Will you fall and not be able to go on or is just another part of life? I recovered completely and take it not only as a learning experience but also a wake up to be appreciative of my vision and the world I can see around me. Craig is incredible at drawing the best out of any terrible situation. It is part of life, so accept it and move on the best you can. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

Dianna

specialstrange From The Measure of a Champion, 2008/03/04 at 9:52 PM

thanks Craig, i read a couple more of your articles (it may take me a little time to get through them all) i still feel sad and a bit alone but knowing that some one out there ‘gets it’ and more importantly ‘gets me’ helps a whole lot more than you may realize and now i’m crying AGAIN. thank you for your encouragement, you are a special person

Jan From Traumatic Brain Injury and Extreme Makeovers, 2008/01/13 at 10:29 PM

Hi Craig, Jan here.

From what I have read on your site so far, you do much more than motivate, encourage and empower your readers.

In my eyes, you are more like the Beacon of Light emitting from a Lighthouse, beaming in the darkness, to show the way to those of us who feel lost in the sea of uncertainty….

I thank you, for shining out to me…

Jan

ENDORSEMENTS

Brain Injury Association of Niagara

Normandy Resource Centre, 111 Church Street
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 3C9
Phone: 905 984-5058 Fax: 905 984-5354
Website: niagara.com/bian Email: bianstaf@niagara.com

September 4, 2008

Craig J. Phillips

Subject: Second Chance to Live

As program director for The Brain Injury Association of Niagara, one of my responsibilities is to serve as facilitator for the peer groups for individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury.

We appreciate your expressed consent to allow us to share a selection of the articles in your Second Chance to Live blog with our participants.

Craig you personify not only what it is like for individuals who have sustained brain injury, but more importantly, to strive to be the best you can be, and make the most of your talents and gifts that you so generously share through the process of reciprocity…….by giving back so others may learn………families, caregivers, and especially providing enlightenment for those individuals who have sustained brain injury, who may identify, learn and gain wisdom from your insightful writing. It is important for us to promote awareness about brain injury as this does not resonate with the general public, unless it has touched their lives on a personal basis, as opposed to the topic of cancer, or diabetes for example.

You serve as a beacon to show the way……….reminding us that we do have control over the choices that we make…how we choose to act as oppose to react, maintaining a positive attitude and “by” not being limited by our circumstances or situation but encouraging us to look at our possibilities. Living life one day at a time and applying these strategies become an integral component in order for us to continue to moving forward in our personal journey post injury and that there is life after brain injury with many possibilities yet to unfold.

Your inspirational blog provides opportunities for others to abstract and apply some of these positive messages in their daily lives, and we hope that you will continue to share your messages of hope and encouragement by inspiring others to strive to new levels of achievement by turning adversity into opportunity! While we cannot change the direction of the wind, we can adjust our sails to meet the winds of change. Craig you remind us that those who weather change best are those who choose to embrace and adapt to it. Your inspirational messages continue to inspire others to chart their own course.

Kindest personal regards,

Pat Dracup, Program Director

Hinds Feet Farm

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2842, Street Address: 14625 Black Farms Road Huntersville, NC, 28070-2842 Office (704) 992-1424 Fax (704) 992-1423 http://www.HindsFeetFarm.org

Spring, 2008

To Whom It May Concern:

This open letter endorses the powerful message Mr. Craig Phillips, MRC, BA, eloquently writes about as creator and author of the website, Second Chance to Live, (http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/), and speaks about as an advocate and motivational speaker for people living with brain injury. Hinds’ Feet Farm is thankful that Mr. Phillips is part of our innovative, post-rehabilitation, community-based, day program as a contributing educator to our community.

The Hinds’ Feet Farm Day Program is a paradigm shift from the traditional medical, treatment, model for people living with brain injury, to a model that embraces a holistic health and wellness orientation, empowering members toward occupation and meaning in life post injury. Hinds’ Feet Farm is a person-centered, member empowered, self-determined, free choice, conceptualized and driven program. Members are self governing through the fluidity of the program by self-designing opportunities to engage in reestablishing and empowering occupation. Program staff, family and professional caregivers, in-kind community volunteers and student interns are guides for members in opportunities for exploration, discovery, confidence and self-esteem in their new identity and meaning in life post-injury.

Hinds’ Feet Farm initially invited Mr. Phillips to be a one time, guest speaker at our program. However, after hearing his message of hope and inspiration, members of our brain injury community wanted to hear more of how they too could embrace a second chance to live. With the driving force of triumph and celebration of the human spirit post brain injury, Mr. Phillips joins us monthly to share his life’s wisdom. Mr. Phillips’ is a peer mentor and life coach cheering our members on towards greater life fulfillment.

Mr. Phillips has a unique role in the local brain injury community of North Carolina and internationally, as a person living with a brain injury and as a professional in the rehabilitation counseling field. He knows first hand the brain injury continuum of care both as a survivor, and as a “thrivor”. My Phillips experience, strength and hope as a traumatic brain injury survivor and a masters level rehabilitation counselor enables him to immediately identify with both survivors and professionals simultaneously.

Mr. Phillips tailors each of his monthly session to our community’s needs and based on his blog postings, such as The Flight of the Butterfly, Traumatic Brain Injury and Isolation, What is my Destiny?. Mr. Phillips invites the members of our brain injury community toward a greater quality of life and their own second chance to live through well formatted presentations, opportunities for introspection to rediscovering one’s mission and vision in life through meaning and purpose, employing professional counseling skills, harnessing the power of group dynamics and process. Ever sensitive to and conscientious of his audience, Mr. Phillips welcomes the immediacy of feedback and lively dialogue. Mr. Phillips’ heartfelt message is masterfully crafted, awakens his audience to “carpe diem,” to pursue our dreams, and to live life to the fullest.

Hinds’ Feet Farm endorses and appreciates Mr. Phillips’ message that invites and empowers persons living with brain injury toward their own health and balance in their life journey. We are thankful for our reciprocal relationship with Mr. Phillips. Thank you Craig!

Please feel free to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,

Martin B. Foil III, CBIS
Executive Director

William P. DeGrauw, MS, CRC, CCM, CBIS
Day Program Director

18 Responses to “Testimonies / Endorsements”

  1. Ian Elliot said

    Greetings from ‘neath Montana Skies!
    I was introduced to your site by a recent acquaintance named Kat whom I met online when joining the TBI Survivors Network Project. After hearing my own personal story of TBI recovery, she felt you and I were cut of the same cloth so to speak and might benefit from getting in touch with one another. After reviewing this 2nd Chance site, I heartily agree with Kat’s suggestion. Craig, I sustained a TBI on May 16, 1994 when I fell asleep at the wheel of my Dodge Caravan travelling 80 mph just West of Livingston, MT. The speed was verified by the cruise control setting at the scene of the accident. I was founder/director of a performing arts organization that presented a wide assortment of dance, concerts, theater productions, and BIG screen movie classics for the 800 seat historic Babcock Theater here in my home town of Billings, MT. I “woke up” three weeks later in a Billings hospital with a torn shoulder cuff, fractured pelvis, multiple bruises and a serious TBI. Thus began my slow but steady rehabilitation process which, as you know, continues to this day. Before I continue, I wish to hear if you are interested in establishing an additional relationship via correspondence for starters? I now serve as Montana’s TBI Project Coordinator and as Vice Chair of the MT Governor’s TBI Advisory Council. In Spring of 1998, I earned a Masters Degree and certification in Rehabilitation Counseling, and currently serve as a volunteer Facilitator for the Billings brain injury support group and a Past President of the Brain Injury Assn. of Montana. I also own and operate a performing arts production/presenting company known as Arts Partners Unlimited and I am currently in the process of building and launching an APU website. Over the past decade I have presented a host of professionally staged events, including my own original theatrical production relating to my TBI recovery entitled, STARFIRE…An Empowering Journey Through Trauma. I hope this serves as a starting point for meaningful communication between us, Craig, and I commend you for moving forward in positive fashion from a place I can certainly relate to in a deeply personal way. Please consider this an invitation to further communicate via email or my toll free phone number here at the MT Center on Disabilities (1-888-866-3822). Since I work 30 hours per week as the TBI Project Coordinator, I can also be reached via home phone at. Please consider my request and let’s connect sometime that is mutually convenient, ok? By the way, I refer to myself as a TBI Thriver and have encouraged use of this self id term by my fellow TBI Thrivers here in MT, the BIA of MT and elsewhere in the world.

    Yours in Empowerment!
    Ian

  2. Hi Ian,
    Wow. You are truly an example and it does sound like we are cut from a similar cloth — indeed! Thank Kat for connecting us. Thank you so very much for sharing your story with me and your involvement in empowering the lives of individuals. You are truly a blessing to many Ian!!! You are a walking, talking miracle. I am honored by the opportunity to learn from you. I look forward to being of assistance to you or to any other staff or individual.

    Please consider this — as you have aptly stated below — an invitation to commence communications. Thank you for your words of encouragement Ian. I am honored by your time and kindness. My phone # and I live in Charlotte, NC. I left a message on the voice mail at the 1-888 # that you gave me below and asked her to transfer the phone message to you Ian. I agree with you — 110%. Life is for thriving not merely surviving because our circumstances are not meant to keep us down, but to build us up.

    I look forward to hearing from you and being of service. Please let me know how I may do so Ian.

    Have a great day my friend and God bless you!

    Craig

  3. Hamish Henderson-Bhindie said

    G’day,

    Another Aussie here although I live in the States and I had my accident in Miami! I had a motorcycle crash, there is no helmet law in Florida hence how easy it was to have a Traumatic Brain Injury. The accident happened on the 28th of August 2006. Along with the Brain Injury, I had nerve damage, a piece of skull was taken out due to being dirty, and a collapsed lung.

    I was pretty much dead on arrival and slipped into a coma. Six weeks I was in a coma, and another two months in hospital. I shocked everyone by coming out better than expected. I had to re-learn to walk, re-learn my math skills etc. My Brain Injury is invisible, my speech is fine, I can construct proper sentences etc but the way I understand or explain things even sounds fantastic but very unorganized. I think in images now, music lyrics seem to be the only way I can explain my emotions properly. I can understand them but no one can.

    The constant battle to legitimise my injury because people can’t see my brain. I feel like an outsider and it’s so bloody frustrating. I’m not crying the blues but it is really frustrating when your family and friends live in denial about the injury. No one has taken the time to do some reading on the effects of the Brain Injury. My Mum, well she was the only one reading up on Traumatic Brain Injuries as she was an R.N.,my father and my sister haven’t bothered reading up on it.

    I’m not playing the blame game but understanding the injury is so helpful in the recovery process. It’s been bloody tough with moments of feeling like I’m finally healing and then the rug is pulled under me and then I finally get to the next level thinking hey I’m getting better, then boom, back to going back ten steps. You also have to realize how frustrating it is for others because they do want to help but they even feel useless.

    You start to want to give up, just like a week ago and then I stumble across this site and wow, you are so bloody right. I’m so fortunate to come across this.

    I’m a fighter, even when it feels like I get knocked down, I always end up brushing it off and moving forward until the next time and then I repeat! Persistence is the key, please believe me. I used to surf everyday there was surf and now, I’m building my body back up to start surfing again.

    Setbacks, always feel like failure at the initial time it happens and then when you have a setback, you move forward. I have to say that you have to look at like a blessing even when you can’t. You are right, in time the right tools come to you with but it’s a long process!

    Anyways, CHEERS MATE! You’re a LEGEND! Big ups!

  4. Hello Hamish,
    Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your story with me. Wow. You have been through a tremendous amount. You are a walking talking miracle my friend. I am completely identify with your frustration per family members — Big Time. Family members sometimes just do not want to come out of denial because it is too painful for them. But that is not our fault. My family was the same way for many years. Because they could not see my disability I felt minimized. Through my process, I discovered that I had to be the one to accept my own reality. After years and years my Mom and brother are beginning to accept my reality. My Dad passed away January 10, 2007 and he continued to think that if I just tried harder I could overcome what ever was holding me back.

    Because I did not know that I was impacted by a brain injury for nearly 36 years post injury I found myself buying into my family’s denial system. I carried a tremendous amount of shame for many years because of my own lack of acceptance per my reality.Through my recovery process over the years I have discovered some information that has helped me tremendously. I have a Site Map http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/site-map/ that has 388 titles listed. You may like to spend time reading through those articles — as I believe you will be able to identify with me my friend.

    In the mean time I would encourage you read several of those article. I believe you will find these articles — below — to be very helpful my friend. I believe you will be able to identify with me. Be encouraged Hamish, you are not alone in your struggle my friend. Trust me on this one Hamish.

    Here are links to those articles. If I may suggest Hamish, read the below articles. I believe they will empower you because you are not alone my friend!!!!!

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/05/12/traumatic-brain-injury-and-denial-my-perspective-as-a-tbi-survivor/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/my-struggle-living-with-an-invisible-disability/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/my-struggle-living-with-an-invisible-disability-part-2/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/17/my-struggle-living-with-an-invisible-disability-%e2%80%93-part-3/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/19/my-struggle-living-with-an-invisible-disability-%e2%80%93-part-4/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/21/having-an-invisible-disability-%e2%80%93-the-consequence-of-denying-my-reality%e2%80%94part-1/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/21/having-an-invisible-disability-%e2%80%93-the-consequence-of-denying-reality%e2%80%94part-2/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/traumatic-brain-injury-and-the-double-bind/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/05/25/whose-shame-are-you-carrying/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2007/05/26/displaced-sadness/

    http://secondchancetolive.wordpress.com/2008/03/06/traumatic-brain-injury-and-the-deception/

    Take your time reading the articles. If you have questions or comments along the way I am listening.

    Thank you so very much for sharing your struggle with me my friend.

    God bless you Hamish.

    Craig

  5. I have only known Craig for a little a short time, but from the life experiences he has posted, he has a great attitude. Living with a disability is not always easy (I should know I have Spina Bifida), but Craig chooses to take the negative and turn it around to empower himself and others. I have added his blog to my own website, Empowering Jews With Disabilities. His message crosses all boundaries and religious beliefs. My life, and my friend’s lives that I have made through my own website are enriched by his online presence. He brings a voice to TBI that no one else does.

  6. Tom Tuohy said

    Craig has truly taken his second chance and made it a model for living with purpose. He is living with the essence of empowerment – embracing circumstance and creating from it a life which is not less but, more than it ever would have been.

    I founded Dreams for Kids 20 year ago as a place for youth to be empowered and to live a life of infinite possibilities. There are those who seem compelled to remind us what we have lost and what we cannot do. Craig reminds us that life is lived in the moment with the gifts we are given and the opportunities which are ever present. His principles of acceptance and empowerment are text book examples of how to live a full live. In making each day a good day, you have made your life a good life Craig, and quite an extraordinary one.

  7. Hi Tom,
    Thank you for your kind words. Some things take a life time to learn. I will be 52 next month and I am still learning. Thank you for your kindness in writing a testimonial / endorsement for me. I believe our gifts are not of us, but they are through us. Thank you for being a part of my process Tom. You are a blessing to me. God bless you Sir!

    In the event that you would like to reprint one of my articles or several of my articles from Second Chance to Live on your web site — to enhance your vision and mission — please let me know. My interest is to encourage, motivate and empower those who read my articles to not give up on hope, because more is yet to be revealed. Our circumstances are not meant to keep us down, but to build us up!

    In the event that I can be of service to your staff, or the kids and their families, please let me know. I am available to be of service my friend.

    Have a pleasant evening and God bless you Tom.

    Happy Easter to both you and your family.

    Craig

  8. Lea Strongheart said

    Sometimes when we least expect it, we are blessed to cross paths with an authentic being who has the ability to leave a lasting deposit of love in our hearts as well as in our lives. Craig Phillips is such a person. Like many others who have written, I have had several brain injuries and complex PTSD. One day I found Craig in my email..I do not know how he got there…neither did he. Divine intervention I suspect. I was fighting for my life. My will to live was gone to the point where I had experienced a full life review while in a state of deep prayer. Craig directed me to his writings and reading them helped me. Then he started writing to me every couple of days. A joy. Over the past six months more of my soul essence has returned, and I am starting to feel better. Craig gently confronts me when my thinking is distorted…and reminds me who and what I truly am..because I forgot…His peaceful spirit,unconditional love and compassion have played a huge role in my ongoing healing…I am no longer hopeless or helpless. I even laugh occasionally. Craig is a blessing to me, and to all who connect with him. The essence of holiness is love. Craig embodies love. When you have been blessed by Craig, be prepared..your life might just change. Mine has.

  9. Diane Wise said

    I had a TBI on 9/16/07, as the result of a car accident. I was airlifted to a hospital and my broken bones were repaired there. Several other body parts required medical attention and after coming out of my coma I was transferred to a nursing home/rehab facility. I was’nt made aware of my TBI until two and a half months after the fact. I knew that I was’nt “right” but I did’nt know why. I spoke slowly and had trouble putting my words together among a multitude of other thoughts, behaviors and physical changes that I’d not experienced before. I’d always thought that the saying “Of all the things I’ve lost, I miss my mind the most” was funny. It was no longer funny to me, it was too true of me! I’d re-learned how to eat, walk, and talk. Now it was time to really use my head. Somebody had brought my laptop computer to my room. “The old me” used to read and write alot on my laptop. After months of not using my computer and having memory problems, I found that I had a great deal of difficulty just trying to remember stuff like my user names and passwords. It was then that I realized that I had to start all over. After I rediscovered the benefits my computer had provided, I knew that I had to learn more about brain injury. Family and friends made a point of saying that I was given a second chance to live. I then learned about brain injuries and came across the Second Chance To Live website. I had finally found what I did’nt know existed; a candid website written by a brain injury survivor. Craigs honesty and candor and insights have kept me grounded. I believe that God blessed me in a very personal way by letting me be exposed to a real life guy with a BI(Craig) that experiences hardships, successes, disappointments, self-doubt and self-discovery in everyday life. Craigs personal stories provide insight for living every day life. Thank you for using your giftedness to help me.
    Blessings,
    Diane

  10. Ken Collins said

    I wish I had Second Chance to Live to read after my brain injury 33 years ago (December 31, 1976). Your words and insights are doing a great service by helping people with brain injuries and their families better understand many of the issues we live with on a daily basis. As many of us who live with a brain injury know there is no silver bullet or majic pill that will make things better – QUIK.

    Our recovery is a slow process and Second Chance To Live makes this process a little easier. Second Chance to Live is a great tool for those of us who provide Peer Counseling to others with brain injuries. Your efforts also offer hope and hope is something we all need as we go through this process.

    Hope is something that gets stripped away over time and without hope it makes the process of recovery harder and more complicated than it needs to be.

    Thanks Second Chance to Live for providing hope!

    Keep up the excellent work you have undertaken on this journey of helping to educate “all of us” about brain injury.

    Best wishes,

    Ken Collins, Program Manager
    San Juan Center for Independence
    Gallup, New Mexico
    PH: 505-726-2709
    Email: kcollins@sjci.org

  11. askaree said

    I can say a lot about Craig Phillips “Second chance to live.” I’ve taken time out to read his articles and I highly recommend every reader to read his articles. I have taken the time out to speak with Craig Phillips, a great human being! He now shares his message on my website because I believe a lot of people can benefit from his post and messages. Sometimes, the real world and society may not understand us or those with brain injuries or TBI survivors. We are just out there, almost forgotten. But with “Second Chance to live” there is support around. More power to you Mr Craig Phillips, God gave you a true purpose. In true respect,
    Brenda Bell

    http://brendabell.org

    Tiger Lady USA

  12. judyhabel said

    I feel so blessed to have found Craig’s Second Chance to live site. His writings have been an inspiration to me. He’s gotten me through feeling worthless. I too am a traumatic brain injury survivor. I had a great career at an advertising agency.

    • Hi Judy,
      Thank you for writing a testimonial. You are a blessing to me. I will add that to my list of testimonies on my testimonial / endorsement page. Simply click on the blue link and you will see your testimony at the top of the page Judy. How does it look to you? Thank you again for taking the time to write and send the testimonial. God bless you Judy.
      Craig

  13. Craig my friend I am so happy to share which you how I benefit from knowing you. Though few years that I have been following your articles, and using your example of allowing the process to happen one day at a time. I was granted a unique opportunity to experience, a great spiritual awakening I have learned, to slow my mind – down also to appreciate life’s challenges. I have grown as a loving father and a compassionate person from my journey being guided by the process, and living with traumatic brain injury and so my friend; I’m living life on life’s term. Second Chance to Live is a great gift from God. Thank you and May God bless you and your family.
    Your friend
    Walter

  14. Craig, you are a brave inspiration to other Brain Injury Survivors (myself included) out there! I am legally blind, but your video’s have touched me in so many ways. It is as if you are reading my mind at times. Bless you for what you do to pay it forward to other Survivors!
    Jeni

  15. Craig Phillips is an exceptional person who has constructed his life to help others. I had the privilege to meet Craig, in person, at the Southwest Disability Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October 2013 where he was a keynote speaker. I had known Craig prior to that conference through his website and on-line presence where we had the opportunity to interact and learn about his work. What is impressive about Craig is his forthright manner about discussing his brain injury, it’s impact on his life and his devotion to helping others through Second Chance to Live. Craig has written a blog on our NeuroNotes which has brought his work to others living with brain injury.

    I encourage people living with a brain injury and those who love them to learn about Craig’s work and how he has moved beyond the barriers in his life.

    Rolf B. Gainer, PhD
    Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital
    Tulsa, Oklahoma

  16. Craig, I wish to thank you from my heart in reaching out to me a well over a year ago! A “reachout” from a survivor to a family member in need and connecting me to some amazing people in our community that is growing rapidly in support! Your story has inspired me, your recovery has inspired me, your advocacy has inspired me, your compassion and love has inspired me, and your passion to help others has inspired me. I am truly grateful and honored to be connected with you and look forward to growth in this community world wide! My Blessings to you and yours!

    Tracey Anne Miller, at The Miller Family Foundation (on the rise)

    • Tracey Anne, Thank you so very much for sharing what you have Tracey Anne. I am encouraged by your words. I am very grateful that our paths crossed too. I look forward to seeing how a loving God will connect the dots. I like quotes, one of which is, “Do not judge your day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson.

      Thank God that we can be in the fields with Him, planting seeds my friend. Will be interesting to see the harvest that is brought as we work the fields, as He leads — one day at a time.

      I am honored to know you and call you friend Tracey Anne. Read 1 Corinthians 15:58 in the New Testament. Our toil is not in vain. We may not see the benefit in our life time, but I believe that the ripples of our work — in the fields — will impact generations to come my friend. More will be revealed in time.

      Have a great day my friend.

      Craig

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