Mar 27, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / 1 Comment

When I stop and think of how fortunate I have been thus far to have lived the life I have lived, I often consider the reasons why.  I believe it has largely been because of the on-going support from family and friends.

When speaking at events close to home in Utah, I am always amazed to see many familiar faces in the audience.

I sometimes feel like a rock band that has “groupies” following them from concert to concert!   Ok – they aren’t exactly groupies, but you get my meaning.  They are always there – supporting me.

It is an incredible feeling and one I am truly humbled by.   Because they give their most precious gift to me – that of their time – it inspires me to give back to them.

What I try to give back is in the Power of my Words when I share experiences that have inspired me in my life.

Power Of Words

Many of you have probably read Kevin Hall’s fascinating book, “Aspire”, where he gives insightful meanings to words by enlightening the reader as to their original meanings; thereby helping the reader grasp the understanding and concept of each word.

For example, one of the first words that Kevin discusses is “Genshai”.  Not a familiar word to most of us; its origination is actually an ancient Hindi word.  Genshai is defined as one who never treats anyone small – including yourself.

He offers several analogies describing this word – one that intrigued me the most is as follows:

“If I were to walk by a beggar in the street and casually toss him a coin, I would NOT be practicing Genshai.  But, if I knelt down on my knees and looked him in the eye when I placed the coin in his hand, that coin would become love; then and only then, after I had exhibited pure, unconditional brotherly love, would I become a true practitioner of Genshai.” 

By dissecting and defining such words as integrity, humility, and passion, Kevin teaches that each one of us may become worthy of these attainable attributes.


Jason Hewlett

Another friend that I have been blessed to have in my life is Jason Hewlett.  We have much in common as our daily routine seems to mirror one another’s.

I discovered that Jason starts his day, as many people do, with prayer.  I share Morning Prayer and scripture reading with my wife and children each morning – whether at home or away.

Technology has served us well, as my travels taking me away often.  We are able to use that invaluable tool, Skype, to start each day this way.

As with Jason, I have high hopes that every day that will go according to plan.  I have always tried to be organized with my business, as well as my personal life.

There are times, however, when craziness will find its way into what had originally been planned as a well-organized day.  Whether it concerns flights, miscommunication with my staff – whatever it may be – our days sometimes do not go as planned.

And yet, I find my most prolific lessons have been learned through coping with these unplanned events- patience, acceptance, and one of the most difficult for me – having no control.  This is when I find a certain prayer helps me.

It is titled the Serenity Prayer and, although, I am sure you have all heard it at one time or another, it bears repeating:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

As one who needs to be in control, I find this prayer most humbling.  I also find that I say it more often than any other.

Serenity – Peace of mind – My willingness to accept things as they are.

Each and every time I read one of Jason’s blogs or watch one of his videos, I believe I am better for doing so.

Yes, I am indeed grateful for my friends that influence my daily life.