Six years ago, while staffing a New Warrior Training Adventure, I met a Man that I know I’ve known for many lifetimes. His name was Les Gaines, and unfortunately he passed away almost two years ago. I miss this Man dearly and can remember the many conversations we have had that were healing, educational, and uplifting for both of us at various points in our life.
Several weeks ago, I saw his wife posted a memory of Les playing with his Daughter, and I got so emotional thinking of his spirit and wisdom, and wanting others to be able to hear his voice and his words. A day after this, I was cleaning out my email inbox and came across a file Les shared with me, and when I opened it, it was a conversation we had four years ago. And I got emotional again after hearing it.
After listening to it, I was floored at the wisdom that Les shared about leadership, healing wounds, and laying our “baggage” to rest to fully embrace all that we can be. I knew this was something more people get to listen to, so we decided as a Hosting Team to share this conversation.
Key takeaways from this episode:
- When acting on purpose, be mindful of your associations
- Be intentional
- What does it mean to be a mature Man
- Bless and acknowledge your wounds
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