As many of you know, Dad had a tough fall and a head injury almost two years ago and this has impacted his short-term memory. He still knows the stories and has all of the wisdom, he just can’t remember what he has just said (check out www.ziglar.com/zigupdate for the full story), and the result is he will repeat himself and tell you the same thing in a short amount of time.
At first this was hard for me to get used to and was even uncomfortable, especially since many regard him as one of the greatest speakers ever to walk the stage. It doesn’t seem right that the thing he is most famous for would be impacted the most.
This whole process has taught me an incredible lesson. Dad may be famous for his speaking ability, but it is WHAT he said that had the life-changing impact on people. Now, at 82 years, Dad is saying the impactful things more frequently, and if you missed it the first time you will likely get a second chance!
For me this life lesson is summed up in a simple phrase:
The mouth reveals the heart
Yes, I don’t mind at all when Dad repeats himself now. His mouth is the window to his heart, and it is an amazing thing indeed.