Ted's Life Lessons
The Edward (Teddy) K. Pewtress “legacy” is best described by the great impact he had on the many lives he has touched around the world. Those who know him have witnessed and have been touched by his kindness in some shape or form. That’s why it is important that we never forget him and that we always remember how he lived. Teddy lived a great life as he surrounded himself with friends who respected him and a family that adored him. Teddy has a natural way of attracting others as they were drawn to his positive energy. Of course we all know that when around Teddy he is never short of good advice. Therefore we would like to share with you some of the advice he offered over the years hoping you will too will be enlightened by his wisdom touched by his kindness and motivated to share with others just as he did.
Ted's Life Lessons:
1. Hold your Ground: whether it was WWF or street style Ted taught us how to stand up for ourselves to prepare us for the world in case we found ourselves in those situations. However as you all know Teddy was very protective of those he loved especially of his sisters and usually was there to stand up for us. But wanted to make sure we were grounded and could stand up for ourselves when he couldn't be there.
2. Character: Ted always taught us to walk with confidence and to have self worth. To walk with our heads high proud to be the people we are. Which means to know who we are. He believed that a person who knows who they are are not threatened by the beliefs of others. That when we have a strong sense of self-worth you will believe you can handle anything and throughout his everything then becomes an opportunity o learn and do more. To walk with dignity and not be ashamed of our acts or deeds. Therefore in order to do this one has to live an honest life.
3. Honesty: Teddy encouraged us to live good honest lives. We learned right away that lying to Ted would only lead to more trouble as dishonesty was not tolerated. Be honest. And if there is something you have done or said that you are ashamed about it's okay we all fall...just remember to get up...
4. Learn from your Mistakes & Get up: Life has its ups and downs. Surround yourself with good people who strive for the same goals and values as you. Remember that f falling is part of the lesson. Not all those who wander are lost. Although individuals may not seem to have a sense of direction or plan instead maybe they are enjoying life for what it is. One must fall in order to learn to pick themselves up. These trials will only make you stronger.
5. Family: Family comes first. We are our Mother’s children and we are all members of this family. The “as a family all troubles and tribulations we went and will go through affects each of us.” Find strength in your family. Find strength within yourself. You are your own worst enemy. But to remember you're an expert on yourself not anyone else. And to not be afraid to expose a weakness in yourself as exposing a weakness is the beginning of strength. Use your strength for good. His favorite quote was "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." Martin Luther King Jr. Strength to Love 1963
6. Friendship: Ted found a friend in all he knew. And not only did they become just friends they became like bothers and sisters. He had a way of impacting all their lives that he came in contact with as he touched everyone's hearts whether it was his acts of kindness his charm that contagious smile his silly laugh or his big heart. It was not hard for him to find friendship in others as he did not judge. Regardless of one’s faults he still found a way to find the best in people. He found a way to accept people for the positive things rather than the negative.
7. Be positive: one year Ted got all of the kids in the family a book called "beyond positive thinking as he wanted to share with others and spread the joy of positive energy. He found the silver lining in everything.
8. Take Pride in everything you do: Teddy took pride in all that he did. He always gave everything 110% putting forth his best effort. Whether at work in school or around the house if Ted was going to do something he would do it right. No matter how difficult the task he would always follow through with what he set his mind to do. As he believed that through each thing he did he found a lesson to be learned.
9. Learning: Ted was always hungry to learn and to grow. He loved to read books ponder poetry and write about life and the lessons in it. He had a hunger for growth and knowledge. He taught us the value of knowledge is worthless if it not used for the greater good. And as he learned to would teach others as Ted was never short of good advice. Even if you didn't ask for it he still made sure you knew how he felt about things. He wanted you to learn whether from his mistakes or someone else’s he was never short of sharing life experiences. And of course Ted was usually right.
10. Don’t judge a book by its Cover: Ted always made sure we knew that brains were more important than beauty. That we would get much further in life by using our brains rather than looks as yes we too will get old. That true beauty is found within. As beauty is not always what it seems-for example a person may be beautiful on the outside but ugly on the inside. Or maybe gold which is precious represents beauty does not always glitter. That a person may not be beautiful on the outside but beautiful or precious on the inside.
11. Faith: Ted had a strong faith that things will always work out how they are suppose to. That there is a plan for all of us and that there was a plan for him. Although he believed that his life on earth would be short he also knew the great impact he'd have on this world.
12. Legacy: Ted lived strong. He lived life to the fullest. We all love him because we all got to have a little bit of Teddy within each of us. We have all been touched just by knowing him. He paid it forward; he shared his life with us.
13. Sharing: as we all know Ted shared. Whether he had only $5 in his pockets and if you needed $ it was yours. He'd want us to share these moments together to remember him for the kind strong amazing person that he was and is as we know his spirit has lived on.