For all of his business achievements, the highlight of David’s story is his relationship with Sally. A lifelong Tennessean—and before her retirement as a teacher at Nashville’s Oak Hill School—Sally and David were married in 1996. Together, they have six children and nineteen grandchildren.
It was there, in my room, listening to the Beach Boys, where I fell in love with solitude and silence. Yes, I was miserable and frustrated, but for the first time in my life I was forced to slow down and think about the things that mattered most to me.
Last January I spoke at a workshop for a hundred people in my business organization, and gave each attendee a gift: A silver bracelet engraved with the words, Do What’s Right For You and Love People.
Just a few days ago, I was sitting on the porch, drinking coffee, minding my own business, when I glanced down and beheld my father’s hairless, wrinkled knees.