What a difference a day makes!

It was 11:38 am yesterday when Marijo, my wife, called me. I was on my way to a meeting and missed her call.

I was driving and stopped at the corner of Commercial Boulevard and 441 in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida, on my way to the Florida Department of Transportation where I had my weekly Toastmasters Meeting with Club Voice.

Waiting for the red lights to turn green, I picked my phone, scanned through my recent calls and called her back.

Usually, she calls me just to check on me, just to know where I am and what I am doing.

She responded with a quiet self-assured voice: “honey, I am at the hospital. I just passed out. But, I am ok now.”

I froze.

“Really, I’ll be there in one hour. Can you call one of the kids to be with you? And I’ll join you after the meeting. I am the one presiding,” I replied.

“M konpran’n”, (I understand, ) she said  in an ironic, unhappy tone.

I was pretty close to the FDOT building. I got in the lobby, met briefly with my fellow toastmasters, and told My mentor, Kip Barkley, to take over the meeting.

“I have to go to the hospital for an emergency case,” I told him and he asked me “is this someone we know and care for.”

“Yes, my wife”, I nodded.

I drove to the hospital. I got lost. Instead of driving the normal way I know, I tried to beat the traffic by doing some local routes which lead to dead ends.

I laughed at myself.

I pulled my phone and searched for my life stream audios which are a personal development subscription I have being part of the Life Leadership Community.

I searched for Kirk Birtle’s audio “Deal with the gun shots of Life.”

Birtle is one of my favorite speaker. In this speech, he stated “life is sending all kinds of shots at you at the moment you wish the least: always expect the unexpected, and don’t panic.”

This is a very good speech and if you want to have access to it , Inbox me.  I recommend that you have a Total Access subscription to the Life Leadership personal & professional development community.

I finally got to the emergency Lobby. I had my ID pass from the security guard and went inside.

Marijo was in room 10. She was happy to see me. I was happy to see her.

It was 1:12 pm. I had an appointment at 1:30 with a colleague Toastmaster and professional writer.  We have been planing this meeting for the last 3 months.

I called  her to cancel.

“Hello D…. I have to cancel our meeting. I am sorry. An emergency comes up, I am at the hospital with my wife. She’s ok but I have to be with her at the moment.”

D….  answered “that’s fine. You are where you need to be. I wish your wife well.”

I spent the rest of the day at the hospital.

Marijo is well and will get back home today.

We have the graduation of our son Axel tomorrow morning. He will be leaving Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale to go to Florida State University in Talahassee this Summer.

I thank all friends and family who shared this moment with us. And for those who didn’t know, I wrote this post.

God bless,









Published by Roosevelt

Roosevelt JF is a Global Leadership Fulbright Research Scholar from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) where he taught Haitian Studies as an Adjunct Instructor (2005-2010). Roosevelt was also a senior admissions adviser at Kaplan University. Roosevelt JF is the President of The JF TEAM, INC; a full media marketing and business development consulting firm based in Fort-Lauderdale, FL. He is a sought out radio and TV business show host. He is also a guest for several mainstream medias including NPR, the Miami Herald and Newsweek. He also leads the Center for Communication of AIDS, a network of journalists committed against AIDS in Haiti and South Florida. He speaks fluently Creole, English, French and Spanish. He is the author Of "Leadership sur le vif: Des idées pour le changement et la création de richesse en Haïti".

12 thoughts on “What a difference a day makes!

  1. Dear Roosevelt,

    Thank you for sharing the post below! It is very well written as usual, felt like I was leaving the moment as well.

    I am happy that your wife is feeling better and that she’ll be ready to partake in the celebration of her son’s graduation.

    My sincere congratulations to your son on his graduation from High School and my Kudos to you and your wife on his accomplishments.

    Job Well Done and keep up the good work!

    Sincerely, Evangeline

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Plus de peur que de mal… Thanks be God!!! You did the right thing. Meetings can be rescheduled. Feeling of being left alone when you need your other half can go deep… Well done, my friend! I guess it was just a test and, the good news is that you passed it, lol!

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  3. Glad your wife is back on her feet!

    Gracias por compartir.



  4. I am happy that Marie Jo is well. I cant explain how this post affect me… ( in a positive way) Thanks again

    *Yveline Alexandre* *Office of the Haitian Consulate* *2911 Piedmont Road NE Suite A* *Atlanta, Ga 30305* *Phone (404) 228 5373* *Fax (404) 748 1128*

    On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 5:33 PM, Roosevelt Jean-Francois wrote:

    > Roosevelt posted: “It was 11:38 am yesterday when Marijo, my wife, called > me. I was on my way to a meeting and missed her call. I was driving and > stopped at the corner of Commercial Boulevard and 441 in Fort-Lauderdale, > Florida, on my way to the Florida Department of Trans” >

    1. Thx Yveline. I am glad that this post affects you positively. This is exactly why we tell our stories: to impact other’s lives positively.

  5. Great content. Hopefully more and more families will start realizing that they are slaves in the matrix and more importantly there is a way out…
    Congratulations on Axel Achievements. I’m proud of you brother.

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