Hi, I'm Ken Braid and perhaps you're visiting my website for the first time today. I'd like to introduce myself by way of this little blog entry, entitled, "The 2017 Word From Ken".
Today, we live in a world of lightning speed communication, break-neck information access, and, in short, a world where anyone can say anything online to anybody and everyone without regard to human decency or moral structures. So, my "Word for 2017", is "Moral".
Well then, how, you might ask, is that relevant to us, as Dads and Moms of high school-aged teenagers or, for that matter as high school-aged teenagers? I'm glad you asked. Never, in the history of our world has what we all can say and do publicly; profoundly effect, what we, as a society believe is 'right' or 'wrong'. Consequently, for the first time in the history of man, today, I believe it is safe to say, we are at the precipice of the mountain of immorality.
Some 20 years ago, as a young and highly successful business man and proud father, I lost my son to "an incident of steroid rage". 20 years later, I find myself missing him more than life or words itself can express. I believe that I've had a lot of time to figure out, "what went wrong" and, as a result, I've dedicated my life to teaching today's young folks the finer points of the word, "moral".
To be succinct, Moral or Morality is leading others - not following any. Morality assumes "right and wrong", "good and bad", and "acceptable and not acceptable" behavior. It assumes that, in every endeavor, we can either "lose or win". Morality is the standard by which we must live our lives in order that chaos and confusion not reign as the normal by product of social interactions.
Which, brings me to today - August 12, 2017. I am happy to be the founder and president of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation. My mission is to impart upon your teenagers; leadership skills that will enable them to lead others; teaching them how, in the process to model appropriate leadership skills that in turn will be passed on to their peers in high school.
In closing, I believe, with all my heart, that my son's death does not have to be any society's "norm". I believe he looks down from heaven and is happy with his Dad and thankful, as am I of what has become of his memory. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your support.
Respectfully, Ken Braid, President of the Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation