I never thought it was possible to live the life I wanted to live knowing that who I was conflicted with the very concept, but Rick showed me exactly what I was doing right and wrong. He showed me by his words, by his actions and by his example in his own life. Sometimes the lessons were brutally honest and hard to hear but always with love. Let me explain:
I am currently a law enforcement officer. I have 10 years active duty as a military police sergeant, and I have been practicing martial arts for over 21 years. I feel I am a warrior. I was born a sheepdog, a protector of the flock and this great country. Having a warrior mindset, I found it hard at times to prioritize my personal life, family life and warrior ethos. I was never raised with religion but I constantly studied religions, self-help, philosophy, military history, current affairs etc., all in an effort to better myself. I always seemed to turn inwards for the answers to my life, love and work questions, sometimes with success and sometimes with failure. It wasn’t until I met Rick in the fall of 2009 that I was shown example of how to live properly as a true warrior.
I met Rick and my first and correct impressions were that he was a strong, dedicated warrior and family man such as myself. However, as months progressed and our friendship and conversations grew, my opinion changed slightly. Not only was he a strong warrior who was able to balance being a warrior and a dedicated husband (that alone an amazing feat). His faith and emotions were solid and true. He embodied a true Christian warrior. He would feed me very small portions of advice I needed to hear. NEVER did I feel belittled or offended by what he was saying. It always was very small and profound words that were easily digested and exactly what my life needed. He showed me exactly what I was missing in my life. He paved out in very easy to understand terms, the path I needed to take to still be the warrior I was and be the loving, dedicated family man I wanted to be.
When you meet someone that has the ability to instantly connect to you and when your ready to let go, mold you into the person you want to be, it has a profound effect on you. My wife and child can feel the ripple effects of my change as they notice and appreciate the difference. I will not spoil your own experience or mine by trying to put it all into words, but you will not be disappointed! Thank you Rick, I love you my fellow brother, God bless.
A truly happy person,
San Diego, California