Jack Priscilla, Jim Toman, Heroin discussed on Anything is Possible
Welcome back to anything is possible. I'm Jack Priscilla for Jim toman who was a Michigander of the year by the Detroit News in two thousand Jim. Last segment we're talking about seventy five thousand suicides last year. Two hundred five day eight and a half per hour. Is there? Hope what can we do to turn this around Jack we live in a negative climate these days this so much anger rage out there? You know, so much profiling so much prejudice. Everyone wants to be right. But not everyone wants to be kind. So I've rolled out a campaign now that I'm working all over the country to to instill it's called. I rather be kind. That'd be right. And being right is very subjective. It's just our opinions and it lasts a very short while but being kind can be forever and everyone can draw back and their lives. And I asked my audience is this they could draw back to people who had get done an act of kindness on their behalf to help change their lives. Like, we just talked about the man in Amsterdam. And there was my life was changed by an eighteen year old girl at a red Robin was the name of the camera could place and she came over. And she asked me, what would you like to drink? And I said I'll have a diet coke. And she said, I'm so sorry. We only have Pepsi products. And I said, gee, I really wanted a diet coke. But I I understand she looked at me. And she said do really want to diet coke. And I said that would be great. And she says let me see what I can do to make that happen. And I looked at her like, what are you talking about? And she said, well, there's a seven eleven across the street a run over and get your diet coke now. Eat out all over the world. Nobody has ever done that. And it was a June fifth seven years ago. And it was a humid day, and she comes running back in on her tray or to diet cokes. And I I did all the obligatory things I gave her a big tip. I gave her a hug I told her manager, but I left that day and drove away. And I thought if she at eighteen years old can go the extra mile the night get up every single day of my life and do something for someone to make a difference. There hasn't been one day from that moment until now that something hasn't appeared to me, then I can do. It's the same thing for all your listeners. If you have an actor kindness pay it forward if you want to be kinder pay it forward. The late. Great Ernie Harwell had one of his most famous sayings whenever you have a choice between being kind or right? Always choose kind. Okay. You've passed out hundreds of thousands of these little wrist bands. And they say happy people live outside themselves yet. So many of our young people. It's all about themself. How do I learn to live outside myself? You scored in small increments you start by doing acts of kindness, everyday simple. Acts of kindness. Not not, you know, Bill the hospital, or or, you know, do you know, go and do these magnanimous things sometimes is just the simplicity and you start and you build momentum. So now, it is seven years later since that girl at red, Robin, and it it's wrote for me, it's built into my psyche every day, and I continue to move this momentum forward, and then I belong to a lot of different groups. I wanna give a shout out to the Bloomfield hills optimist club, the do phenomenal things as a small group of people. There's thirty of them, and they do phenomenal things, and they have a Christmas wish program that serves, you know, five or ten thousand people. So you find groups that are out there doing the extra mile going and being kinder. And then you join them, and you're part of them and you build on them. And to do a shout out, my Jimmy's kids charity just turned thirty. It's it's in it's thirtieth year, and we serve over twenty five thousand kids annually, and I started with twenty two kids, and it's it's a labor of love for me to get to thirty years. And I still run it out of the corner of my living room. I have two thousand volunteers. So it's not bigger is better. It's what you do with your life. Or let's go to opiates. Okay. Seventy eight thousand drug related deaths last year in America, right? Heroin today is that it's all time strength. Then you go to Fenton, Fenton, all is a hundred times more powerful than heroin. Then you go to Carfax tunnel, which is one hundred times more powerful than Fenton. All cops have died. Jim just by touching the clothing of these kids who had car phantom. Oh. What do we do? I mean, you're given eulogies for one kid after another good kids. I've worked a lot in the drug subculture. I I used to work for Phoenix House and did a lot with heroin addicts. And I saw the progression of this over my forty year history of doing this work and the one conclusion I've come to understand is that we we want to we want to take the dealer off the street. We wanna take Nino the cartel. We wanna be able to, you know, pull down some of the the these pictures of who the suppliers are. But the key is each individual. If they get up every day, and they say they say to themselves. That's something important to do. Drugs are going to mess up my mind you immediately operate in resistance to the to the lure of of the drug subculture. And I believe in that. And I've watched it work over the years of people that committed to a new direction goal setting being able to look at their lives that has they have some meaning knowing that they have children or family that are important to them. You've got to find whatever your choices in terms of what's important to you. And then you got to focus on that end has opposed to focusing and getting up everyday who the thought in your mind, I'm going to get. Hi, I'm gonna to the feeling I'm gonna I'm gonna get outta this pain because we live in this culture. Now, Jack that be because it's so angry for all the listeners. I know all of you or most of you have watched the movie Ghostbusters underneath New York was that curdling of slime that kept, you know, bouncing up and down, and it made any was festered on the basis of our anger, and our all the rest of the things that we deal with every day, and we have to stop long enough to be able to look at what we can do every single day of our lives. To make a difference on this earth because we're in this together. I've met so many parents with two or three or four kits. Good parents Christ-centered parents and three of the kids are doing phenomenal. And then there's the product child sometimes daughter. How does that happen? I I did a lot of work in my early days at northern western and southwestern high schools, which were the toughest schools in the city at the time and northern especially. And there was you know, I would work with these groups of kids, and they always had you know, what you're just saying they add three good kids or they had one good kid or they had whatever. And then they had you know, a a a kid that you know, went off the rails. And it's interesting if we continue to believe in kids, and I've done this in my life. I believe in kids I look at kids with possibilities. I don't look at kids with necessarily. You know, what they've what they've done. I advocate in my class that used to you know, what northern that used to doodle all the time. And he was it wasn't you know, people's faces or characters or anything it was machinery. And and and so, and I had a friend of mine that worked for delta faucets. And I took some of this kid's drawings, and he was going to graduate with a D minus barely I took them to to this this guy at delta faucets. This kid now is the head of the head of the you know, the creative team for delta faucets years later that was thirty years ago. He's now the head of that. Because one person believed in him one person wanted to see his future better. I do that. With all kids. I never give up on a kid. I'm a fighter I keep fighting for kids issues. And if we don't give up on the kids. Because.