Life is a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others.
I first heard about Alex Sheen when Matthew Cordle did a short video accepting responsibility for driving while drunk and killing Vincent Canzani. After reading the article, I quickly looked up Because I Said I Would (https://becauseisaidiwould.com), ordered some promise cards, and joined the social movement. Needless to say, I was absolutely delighted when I found out that the inaugural speaker for the Calyx and Beau Schenecker Foundation’s ethics and leadership series would be Alex Sheen. So fitting, as Calyx and Beau were both great examples of young people living their best lives.
Losing Calyx and Beau in such a tragic way affected so many lives, none so deeply as their beloved father and grandmother. At the celebration honoring their lives, Parker Schenecker made a simple promise that he would spend the rest of his life honoring his beautiful children. He continues to live that promise every day.
Our words have power, and I think for the most part we know that. However, this movement is about being purposeful with your words, being mindful of just how powerful they can be. More importantly, BISIW teaches to stand by your promises because you never know how much others may need you to. I urge you all to take a moment and check out www.becauseisaidiwould.com. You will laugh, cry, and be inspired.