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Sedona Teachings is the website for metaphysical speaker Gerrie Sidwell.

She is currently teaching workshops in Sedona. Her mission is to empower people to make changes in their lives.

Her unique workshop is designed to help people identify their desires and take the steps necessary to manifest them in their lives.

“What you think about expands. If your thoughts are centered on what’s missing, then what’s missing will have to expand. Nothing you imagine in your mind is impossible.

-Dr. Wayne Dyer

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What drives creativity?

Imagine if you could turn on creativity like starting a car, rev the engine to get up to speed, cruise along in the fast lane, and then park it in the garage until you needed it again. Is there anything you couldn’t accomplish?
We’ve all had days when the engine stalls, the tire is flat or road construction brings traffic to a screeching halt. Nothing seems to get us going.
You can’t always sit around and wait for inspiration to strike. Amateurs wait for inspiration. The real pros get up and go to work. They understand that you are not born with creativity … and you have to cultivate creativity on an ongoing basis. Here are some ideas:
• Keep a journal. Record ideas as soon as they come to you by keeping a notebook close at hand all the time. A real notebook, not a digital one, is best, allowing you to make sketches and drawings, but anything that lets you capture your thoughts will work. When you need to charge up your creativity, search your notebook for ideas and examples.
• Search your environment for inspiration. Artists find inspiration in many unlikely places. If looking at the same four walls every day limits your perspective, add some elements that help you see things in a new way — pictures, plants, books, even toys.
• Question everything. Ask “why” and “how” to determine if there’s a better way to solve a problem. Another favorite question of mine: “What’s missing?”
• Turn problems around. Switch gears by looking for the opposite of what you want. Exploring how you could make a bad situation worse can sometimes tell you what not to do. Looking for a bad idea may lead you to a good one.
• Combine random elements. Try this exercise: Look at two items on your desk right now and figure out a way to put them together. A clock radio and a coffee mug, for instance, could be turned into a coffee mug with a clock on it, maybe at the bottom. This won’t necessarily generate a useful idea, but it will train your mind to see different possibilities.
• Recruit a partner. Bounce ideas off another person–someone you’re comfortable with, but someone who will challenge you when necessary. With another person involved, you’re not limited to your own experience and perspective.
• Read something totally different than usual. Too often, we find ourselves looking at the same newspapers, trade publications, blogs and the like. Pick up a murder mystery, a gardening book, a Shakespeare volume or anything that will teach you something you didn’t know anything about.
• Tolerate failure. Expect to make some mistakes when you try new and different approaches. Sometimes colossal failures lead to spectacular successes.
• Listen to your “inner child.” Ever notice how kids are unafraid to take gigantic risks or make outlandish statements when confronted with a problem? They haven’t been trained yet to take the safe approach. Even if their ideas aren’t fully developed, their dreams are big enough to take chances.
• Relax your mind. Give your subconscious a chance to work by turning your brain off from time to time. Don’t focus on work or solving problems constantly. Take time to exercise and relax, and give yourself permission to think about other things. A tired mind won’t generate fresh ideas.
Many good ideas have been discovered because someone poked around in an outside industry or discipline, and applied what he found to his own field. For example, football coach Knute Rockne got the idea for his “four horsemen” backfield shift while watching a burlesque chorus routine. Dan Bricklin took the “spreadsheet” concept from accounting and turned it into VisiCalc, the program that helped create the microcomputer software industry. World War I military designers borrowed from the cubist art of Picasso and Braque to create more effective camouflage patterns for tanks and guns.
Certainly no one would question Pablo Picasso’s creativity, and much of his inspiration came from his mother at a young age. According to the artist, “My mother said to me, ‘If you become a soldier, you’ll become a general. If you become a monk you’ll end up as the Pope.’ Instead, I became an artist and wound up as Picasso.”
Mackay’s Moral: To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.

Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.”

Quotes to help you toast the New Year

One of the most innovative holiday greetings I received last year came from friends who sent a holiday card labeled “Quips and Quotes to help you toast the New Year.” Since I am an aphorism junkie and always on the lookout for creative and interesting ways to stay in touch with my friends and readers, I especially welcomed their effort.
In fact, I liked it so much I decided to create my own version. Here is some of my best advice to guide you through 2010 and beyond.
• They don’t pay off on effort … they pay off on results.
• No one ever choked swallowing his or her pride.
• Don’t just mark time; use time to make your mark.
• People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.
• Technology should improve your life, not become your life.
• The best way to be somebody is just to be yourself.
• The best vitamin for making friends is B1.
• It is not a question as to who is right but what is right.
• The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.
• Many people hear … but few people listen.
• There is no free tuition in the school of experience.
• The person who has no goal does not fear failure.
• The best way to get even is to forget.
• It is better to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.
• Make decisions with your heart and you’ll wind up with heart disease.
• People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be—not what you nag them to be.
• You can win more friends with your ears than with your mouth.
• When you kill a little time, you may be murdering opportunity.
• Education is an investment and never an expense.
• Ideas won’t work unless I do.
• It’s never right to do wrong, and it’s never wrong to do right.
• Your smile is more important than anything else you wear.
• Gratitude shouldn’t be an occasional incident but a continuous attitude.
• Helping someone up won’t pull you down.
• Those that have the most to say usually say it with fewest words.
• If you don’t learn from your mistakes, there’s no sense in making them.
• People wrapped up in themselves make pretty small packages.
• When is the last time you did something for the first time?
I also wanted to share these gems from unknown authors whose wisdom is timeless.
• Smart is believing half of what you hear; brilliant is knowing which half to believe.
• One thing I can give and still keep is my word.
• Those who beef too much often land in the stew.
• Compromise is always wrong when it means sacrificing principle.
• Most people say they are willing to meet each other halfway; trouble is most people are pretty poor judges of distance.
• If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.
• Most people aim to do right; they just fail to pull the trigger.
• Most people fail in life because the wishbone is where the backbone should be.
• Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the mastery of it.
• Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief.
• Happiness can be thought, taught and caught—but not bought.
• Burying your talents is a grave mistake.
• Praise, like sunlight, helps all things to grow.
• Life just gives you time and space—it’s up to you to fill it.
• The heaviest thing I can carry is a grudge.
• A stumble may prevent a fall.
• Failure is no more fatal than success is permanent.
Mackay’s Moral: Not just words to live by, words to live better. Happy 2010!

Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.”

Uncommon leadership has common traits

A lot of people think leaders are born and not made. I disagree. I think you can become a better leader. I’m not a cook, but I’ve held many leadership positions. I thought this recipe for a leader sounded pretty good:

Have all ingredients at body temperature. Sift intelligence, ambition, and understanding together. Mix cooperation, initiative, and open-mindedness until dissolved. Add gradually ability, tactfulness and responsibility. Stir in positive attitude and judgment. Beat in patience until smooth. Blend all ingredients well. Sprinkle liberally with cheerfulness and bake in oven of determination. When absorbed thoroughly, cool and spread with kindness and common sense.

If that seems like a long list of ingredients, well, it is. But good leadership won’t happen if any of those items are missing.

I love to study leaders and the different ways they lead. If there ever was a need for great leadership in a company, that time is now. Taking an organization through a good economy is tough enough; when the going gets rough, the real leaders shine. Consider the challenges that faced these leaders.

The military presents many opportunities to observe leaders in action. For example, President and General Dwight Eisenhower used a simple device to illustrate the art of leadership. Laying an ordinary piece of string on a table, he’d illustrate how you could easily pull it in any direction. “However, try and push it,” he cautioned, “and it won’t go anywhere. It’s just that way when it comes to leading people.”

The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was a great commander but a difficult man to serve under. He was a perfectionist and very demanding, who complimented his subordinates only on rare occasions. In retirement, Wellington was asked by a visitor what he would do differently if he had his life to live over again. The old Duke thought for a moment and then said, “I’d give people I worked with more praise.”

The famous general and Macedonian king Alexander the Great led by example. As he led an army across the desert, a soldier came up to him, knelt down, and offered him a helmet filled with precious water. “Is there enough there for 10,000 men?” asked Alexander. When the soldier shook his head, Alexander poured the water out on the desert sands, refusing to take even a sip.

My friend Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman of Carlson, wrote in her book How We Lead Matters, “The fact is that being a leader in any field requires discipline, effort, and yes, sacrifice. It can be all-consuming. And during that time, life may not have much balance. It’s been said, ‘If you can’t ride two horses at the same time, you should get out of the circus.’ A circus is not at all a bad analogy for the swirl of demands placed on leaders at the top.”

Leaders are not always popular. Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell wrote in his book, My American Journey, “I learned … you cannot let the mission suffer, or make the majority pay to spare the feelings of an individual. I kept a saying under the glass of my desk at the Pentagon that made the point succinctly if inelegantly: ‘Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.'”

Ken Blanchard once told me, “The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”

“A business leader has to keep their organization focused on the mission,” says Meg Whitman, former CEO of Ebay. “That sounds easy, but it can be tremendously challenging in today’s competitive and ever-changing business environment. A leader also has to motivate potential partners to join.”

Leadership guru Warren Bennis spent several years researching leaders for his book “Why Leaders Can’t Lead.” He traveled around the country spending time with 90 of the most effective and successful leaders in the nation—60 from corporations and 30 from the public sector. His goal was to find these leaders’ common traits. At first, he had trouble pinpointing any common traits, for the leaders were more diverse than he had expected.

But he later wrote: “I was finally able to come to conclusions, of which perhaps the most important is the distinction between leaders and managers. Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right. Both roles are crucial, but they differ profoundly. I often observe people in top positions doing the wrong thing well.”

Mackay’s Moral: Good leaders inspire others with confidence in them. Great leaders inspire them with confidence in themselves.

Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.”

The 10,000-Hour Rule and Other Secrets to Extraordinary Success

What are the secrets to success and wealth? Why are certain individuals able to have such amazing careers, earning accolades and millions of dollars? The answer may surprise you.

We spoke to best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, one of the most provocative cultural thinkers today, who has a new book called Outliers:

The Story of Success. Gladwell found that the usual explanations-that extra­ordinary achievers are much smarter and talented than the rest of us-are insufficient. There are plenty of smart, gifted people who aren’t particularly successful. What Gladwell found by talking to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and others is that successful geniuses aren’t born … they’re created. In other words, their innate qualities aren’t the only reason they reached the top. The reason is a mix of fortunate factors …

Aren’t talent and high IQ vital for great success?

Extensive research shows that they matter only to a point. For instance, once you have an IQ of130, more points don’t seem to translate into any measurable real-world advantage. A scientist with an IQ of 130 is as likely to win a Nobel Prize as one who has an IQ of180.

So what’s the crucial factor? One of the most significant factors is what scientists call the “1 O,OOO-hour rule.” When we look at any kind of cog­nitively complex field-for example, playing chess, writing fiction or being a neurosurgeon-we find that you are unlikely to master it unless you have practiced for 10,000 hours. That’s 20 hours a week for 10 years. The brain takes that long to assimilate all it needs to know to achieve true mastery.

Take the case of Bill Gates. When he was 13, his father, a wealthy lawyer in Seattle, sent him to a private school that happened to have one of the only computers in the country where stu­dents could do real-time programming. At age 15, Gates heard that there was a giant mainframe computer at the nearby University of Washington that was not being used between 2:00 am and 6:00 am. So Gates would get up at 1:30 in the morning, walk a mile, then program for four hours. All told, during the course of seven months in 1971, Gates ran up 1,575 hours of computer time, which averages out to about eight hours a day, seven days a week. By the time Gates dropped out of Harvard after his sophomore year to try his hand at his own computer software company, he had been programming nonstop for seven consecutive years. He was way past 10,000 hours. In fact, there were only a handful of people in the entire world who had as much prac­tice as he had.

How young do you have to be when you put in those 10,000 hours? Is there any hope for adults in their 50s or beyond?

The interesting thing is that the age at which you devote 10,000 hours doesn’t seem to matter. Sure, the freshness 

and exuberance and freedom from responsibility that you have as a youth are helpful. But what’s necessary is the application of time and effort. Putting in many years late in life and being suc­cessful are real and achievable phenom­ena. For instance, the artist Cezanne didn’t have his first one-man show un­til age 56. Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the Little House series of chil­dren’s books, published her first novel at age 65. Colonel Sanders began his Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in his late 60s.

What other factors open the door to great achievements?

The culture we belong to and the legacies passed down by our ancestors often shape the patterns of our achieve­ments in astonishing ways. For instance, I’ve always been fascinated that so many math geniuses are Asian-dispropor­tionately so. Students from Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan score much higher than students in America or Europe on country­-by-country-ranked math tests.

Asians aren’t born with some calcu­lus or algebra gene that makes them excel, but they do have a different kind of built-in advantage. Children in Asian countries have more persistence than their Western counterparts.

Why? Research has attributed this greater willingness to stick with tough problems to a cultural legacy of hard work that stems from the cultivation of rice. Growing rice demands constant attention. Asian survival depended on working relentlessly and exalting the virtues of patience and dedica­tion. Cultures that believe in working relentlessly don’t give their children long summer vacations. The Japanese school year is 243 days long, and the South Korean school year, 220 days. The US school year is, on average, 180 days long.

Doesn’t luck playa big role? Luck is too simple a term. Great success usually comes from a steady accumulation of advantages and a con­fluence of circumstances. For example, timing is important. Extraordinary achievement is possible if you have just the right skills when massive changes in our culture present opportunities. The election of President Obama is a perfect example of this. Another is the inordi­nate number of multi billionaires in the US today that were all born between 1953 and 1955-people such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple Inc.) and Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google).

Why? Because they were all in their early 20s when the computer revolu­tion hit in 1975. The early 20s is the optimal age to be during the early part

of a revolution. If you were still in high school in 1975, you were too young to start a computer company. If you were in the workforce and had a mortgage and a family, you weren’t going to quit a good job to take a risk.

How can you predict if some­one will be a great success?

Studies have shown that intelligence is a poor predictor of how well people will do in a highly complex job. The best approach is to let them do the job for a while. In other words, you are  better off using your time, money and If energy establishing an apprenticeship  system and observing which one of I multiple candidates does the best than trying to predict who will do well. 

Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Malcolm Gladwell, a staff writer since 1996 for The New Yorker, New York City. He is author of the best­sellers The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference ... Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking ... and, most recently, Outliers: The Story of Success (all from Little, Brown). In 2005, Time named him one of the country’s “100 Most Influential People.” www.gladwell.com

Lessons From Geese

Fact 1:  As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson:  People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

Fact 2:  When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone.  It quickly moves back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

Lesson:  If we have as much sense as a goose, we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go.  We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

 

Fact 3:  When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position.

Lesson:  It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.  As with geese, people are interdependent on each other’s skills, capabilities and unique arrangements of gifts, talents or resources.

 

Fact 4:  The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those in front to keep up their speed.

Lesson:  We need to make sure our honking is encouraging.  In groups where there is encouragement the production is greater.  The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.

 

Fact 5:  When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help or protect it.  They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again.  Then they launch out with another formation or catch up with the flock.

Lesson:  If we have as much sense as geese, we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

 

The goose story came by way of Peggy Bassett.  Apparently it was part of a speech given by Angeles Arrien at the 1991 Organizational Development Network.

Always follow the Doctor’s advice

I recently returned from New York where I was able to see my very close friend Lou Holtz get inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He certainly has had a distinguished career.

As many of you know, Lou left coaching and joined ESPN four years ago as an in-studio analyst of college football. This past fall, Lou and his boss, Gerry Matalon, created a wildly successful weekly segment called “Dr. Lou.” Each three and a half-minute segment aired at halftime of ESPN’s primetime college football game on Thursday nights and then was replayed several times during the weekend.

The segments start off with a comment from Dr. Lou, followed by a couple of questions from some well-known sports and entertainment people, and ending with a closing comment.

Lou’s motivational lessons are priceless, so I thought I would share some of my favorites. After all, Lou has been my personal therapist for more than 25 years and he hasn’t charged me a co-pay yet. I have a healthy case of Dr. Lou fever.

In the first segment Dr. Lou asked himself what qualifications he has to be called a “doctor.” The classic Holtz answer: “Well, I did graduate in the lower half of my class …. I have written three New York Times bestsellers and am the only person who has written more books than I’ve read. I have four honorary doctor degrees. And my mother loves me.”

Here are some gems from Dr. Lou:

Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner as a sophomore quarterback at the University of Florida, asked how he can lead the Florida Gators to the SEC championship. Dr. Lou answered: “The good Lord put eyes in the front of your head rather than the back so you can see where you are going rather than where you’ve been. If you want to lead, you have to be significant. Significant is when you help other people be successful. And by other people I mean your teammates. You do that by encouraging them and being positive. You have to continually ask them how you can help them.”

Dr. Lou told Lloyd Carr, the retired football coach at the University of Michigan: “Make sure you always have four things in your life: Something to do, someone to love, something to hope for and something to believe in.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg asked Dr. Lou for advice on how his beloved Boston College Eagles could defeat Lou’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Lou admitted that when he hears Boston College he goes “crazy.” In 1993, Notre Dame was 10-0 and ranked #1 in the country when they played 9th ranked Boston College and lost 41-39 on the last play of the game. “I was devastated. I was bitter. I was upset at everybody. I learned that you can’t tell people about your problems. 90 percent don’t care and the other 10 percent are glad you have them. You can’t go through life being bitter.”

Dr. Lou always ends up with some closing thought for the week. Here’s a sampling:

  • “If you want some great advice, don’t ask Dr. Lou. Ask your spouse. There’s no one who loves you any more, wants you to succeed any more or will be any more honest with you.”
  • “Progress requires this: You cannot steal second base and keep one foot on first. For every person who tells you you can do something, you’ll find 99 people who say you can’t. Don’t be discouraged by the 99, but be encouraged by the one person who believes in you.”
  • “Believe in yourself. You can’t satisfy everyone. Just make sure that you please yourself.”
  • “There are two different types of people: Those who lift you up and those who pull you down. Lift people up; don’t pull them down.”
  • “As Oliver Wendell Holmes said, ‘What lies ahead of you and what lies behind you is of very little importance when compared to what lies within you.’ If determination lies within you, you’ll be able to find a solution to all your problems.”

Mackay’s Moral: My favorite from Dr. Lou: “10 percent of you won’t remember 10 percent of what is said 10 minutes after it’s said. But I hope it will cause you to think. I hope all of you have the desire to dream, the courage to win, the faith to believe and the will to succeed.”

Reprinted with permission from nationally syndicated columnist Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive.”

 

Faith still at core of Warner’s success

Cardinals quarterback goes out of his way to credit God

If you ever really want to do a story about who I am, God’s got to be at the center of it. Every time I hear a piece or read a story that doesn’t have that, they’re missing the whole lesson of who I am.” Kurt Warner

It has become part of the sports landscape. Athletes congregate on the field after a game to pray or offer a sound bite thanking a higher power.

It rarely makes the news.

Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner understands this. The man who led this organization to its first home playoff game since 1947 knows that discussion about resurrections comes only in the context of career revivals and that tape recorders shut off when faith references start up.

During a visit to The Oprah Winfrey Show, Warner “basically had three sentences to say, so, in the middle one, I made sure I mentioned my faith, because how could they cut it out?” he said. “I went to watch the show on replay . . . and they cut it out!”

Warner, 37, is right. There is dishonesty in telling his story if you ignore what drives him, especially if you accept its role in one of the NFL’s great success stories. In five years, he went from a 22-year-old stock boy at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, grocery store to Super Bowl MVP. He has morphed again, from unemployed veteran to record-setting starting quarterback with the Cardinals, who on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., will try to advance to the NFC Championship Game by beating the Carolina Panthers.

“I wasn’t always this way,” he said.

During his final season at the University of Northern Iowa in 1993, Warner went to a country-music dance bar called Wild E. Coyotes. He spotted Brenda Carney Meoni and asked her to dance. Her immediate reaction?

“Get away. Get away,” she thought.

“Here’s this cute guy in a bar with an entourage of females, and I’m the last person that makes sense for him to go to,” Brenda said. “I’m a divorced woman with two kids, one with special needs. And Kurt’s 21. Twenty-one.”

They danced, and the next day, Warner was knocking on her door with a rose.

“Again, I’m screaming in my head, ‘Go away!’ but I opened the door and said, ‘C’mon in,’ ” she said. “My 2 1/2-year-old grabs him by the hand and shows him every radio we own.

“He fell in love with my kids before he fell in love with me. When we’d have a fight and were going to break up, he’d say, ‘Well I get the kids.’ I’m like, ‘But they’re my kids!’ ”

They stuck together, even when it appeared football wasn’t in Warner’s future. He signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent in 1994 but was cut before the season began. He returned to UNI to work as a graduate assistant football coach and spent nights stocking shelves at the local Hy-Vee grocery store. He moved in with Brenda, who was struggling financially and turned to food stamps for a while. They drove a car that died every time it turned left.

He landed with the Arena Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers in 1995 and three years later was signed by the St. Louis Rams, who allocated him to the NFL’s developmental league in Europe. His backup with the Amsterdam Admirals was Jake Delhomme, now the Panthers’ quarterback.

Around this time, Warner began challenging Brenda about her faith. She had become a devout Christian as a 12-year-old after seeing a fundamentalist Christian film called A Distant Thunder (1978). Warner questioned her, suggesting she was picking and choosing her beliefs from the Bible at her convenience. During this exploration, he closely studied the Bible.

“When I did, it was obvious what the truth was,” Warner said.

He committed himself to the Bible’s message. That’s Warner’s way, why he has succeeded in football. He studies, commits, believes.

Before they married, he told Brenda they should follow the Bible faithfully, which meant, among other things, no premarital sex.

“I’m like, ‘Dude, we’ve got so many other things to work on. Why that one?’ ” Brenda, now 41, said, laughing.

They married in 1997. In 1999, he took over as the Rams’ quarterback when starter Trent Green was injured. What followed was two Super Bowls, two MVP titles and a legion of Christian followers.

He was both revered and scorned for his outspokenness about faith. Since Warner’s arrival in Arizona in 2005, and the revival of his career, people here treat his religion with more curiosity than debate. Many were amused by Warner giving an invocation one year at Celebrity Fight Night, a popular black-tie fundraiser for Muhammad Ali’s Parkinson Research Center. Ali is of the Muslim faith.

“I never feel like, ‘Should I say this, or do I not,’ but I do try now to strategically figure out (during interviews) how I can get somebody to include it because it’s so important to who I am,” Warner said.

How does Warner express his faith? He always has the Bible in his hand when he does postgame interviews. He joins players in postgame group-prayer sessions on the field. He loves to engage in spiritual discussions with teammates but says he tries not to be in-your-face about it. He wants the words of the Bible to guide his everyday life.

When he and his family dine on the road, they always buy dinner for another table in the restaurant but keep the purchase anonymous. The children choose the family. Brenda Warner said it’s their way of teaching their kids one of the Bible’s messages: It’s not your circumstances that define you but what you do with those circumstances.

Warner shouldn’t be categorized only one way, Delhomme said.

“Football doesn’t define Kurt Warner, and I think that’s the biggest thing to me. It’s not who he is. Kurt Warner is a lot bigger.”

Added Cardinals defensive tackle Bertrand Berry: “To limit Kurt as a Super Bowl champion would do a disservice to him. I think his legacy will be that he’s just a great human being, and I think that’s the highest compliment that you can give anybody.”

by Paola Boivin – Jan. 9, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic