I wanna tell you about this guitar, but more so about the man that owns it. When I think about Bruce, my mind doesn't take me down the corridors of a Rock-n-Roll immortals. I know, I could tell you about his days with Meatloaf, perhaps a story about Michael Bolton and must assuredly about his brother's recommendation to Paul Stanley for a part-time, fill-in gig that lasted 12 years with that legendary band, Kiss.
Someone once wrote: Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.
There is no doubt in my mind that he (Bruce) was raised with integrity and a strong moral compass. Many of you wouldn't think a rockstar would call and check on a mere mortal such as myself when my mind was leaving this earth because my mother was leaving this earth as a result of cancer. I could tell you guys about the many videos and Christmas cards he's sent to my family over the years. Being honest may not get you a lot of friends in this world, but it attracts the right ones. People, this isn't chess we are playing, it's as simple as checkers on a front porch on a Spring day. You get out of life what you give in life and from the onset of our friendship, what we shared was the word and that word was impeccable.
If you thought you dialed into my station today to learned about the specs of metal and wood, then you must be surprised. The message I bring to you is about your word, which transcends your thoughts that allow your actions to fulfill your destiny. Life is full of opportunity. Leadership is about taking hold of those opportunities. Legacy is what you will leave behind when you do. I asked of myself everyday, "Is the world a better place because they met you?"
Friends, I can tell you I try my best to fulfill my prophecy: those self-fulfilling prophecies are those thoughts you have about who you are. The "who you are: is the footprint you leave in this life and that is the legacy you leave. I just wanted you to know that there are people in this world bigger than the stage they stand on and those few are indeed legendary. Thank you, Bruce and to the Elk Nation for spending time with me on the front porch swing. 'Till next time...