Think of Your Worst Day Ever…
…now multiply that by 4,621 consecutive worst days ever and multiply that again by 100 just for good measure. Perhaps that would give you just a glimpse of what Reon Schutte went through as he spent 12 years 8 months in the infamous Chikurubi Prison in Zimbabwe.
Last week I had the privilege of listening to Reon Schutte share his inspiring story of how he survived this incredible ordeal and how he learned that “The Power of Choice” can make all the difference in the world.
Reon was captured as a South African special forces soldier and sent to Chikurubi for a life sentence. If you visit his blog or biography you can get the details of just how awful this prison can be. To give you an idea, in 2009 there were 1300 inmates and 700 of them died!
As I listened to Reon share his story, I struggled to think of how I could have possibly survived and anxiously awaited hearing how he did such a feat!
The key, Reon discovered, is choice, a powerful tool to which every human has access at every moment and that is our ticket to freedom, regardless of the situation. “We may not be able to choose our circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond,” he says.
Reon’s Power of Choice Life-Changing Principles
- Forgiveness is setting yourself free
- Be a victor, not a victim
- Failure only exists when YOU choose to give up
- Acceptance of circumstances allows for change
- You choose how you will respond to your circumstances
- Lead by example
- Serve others
- There is no “There”
- Don’t ask, “Why?”; ask, “What for?”
- The Power of Choice Resides in Each of Us
On October 21st, 2004, Reon was miraculously released from Chikurubi and he now shares his inspirational lesson of “The Power of Choice” with groups everywhere. Here are some links to learn more about Reon’s story and message:
Interview 24-10-2004 with Derek Watts in Carte Blanche (M Net Channel)
Beauregard Tromp October 22 2004 at 07:11AM http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=14&click_id=6&art_id=vn20041022053650975C692758
4 News 24 Zim to free two more SA men 22/10/2004 http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/Zimbabwe/0,,2-11-1662_1609471,00.html
Humanitarian situation of Reon Schutte- Foreign Prisoners Support Service
BBC News Africa Thursday, 21 October, 2004
The Herald News By Thomas Hartleb
Mugabe pardons apartheid spy
American Renaissance News – Zim Jail ’Worse Than Auschwitz’ – Special report
The expert Company – Speakers and Celebrities Bureau