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Throughout the four-month trek James encountered a range of people, situations and emotions. There were friendships made which will last a lifetime. There were a few moments of hostility and indifference. There was a great amount of uncertainty and a mental battle to finish the journey. But the most surprising revelation that continued to resonate time and again on the journey was the way his message of “Point the Thumb” was received by so many. Anyone James met along the way would invariably ask what his motivation was for doing so, and the support and encouragement to take this message and mantra global was encouraged time and again.
While completing his journey James started to realize people were right and teaching this message is something which will undoubtedly make our world a better place. Having practiced the mantra in his personal life as well as his professional life as a Senior Manager to help reduce conflict and teach accountability, he knew this is something he should be sharing, teaching and mentoring. He realized Point the Thumb is a simple, teachable, easy to apply with some practice mindset which could change the world. His epiphany came towards the end of his journey when a Facebook follower had reached out to him to relate how the usage of this message by her child had completely changed the result and outcome of their child’s conflict. It was then he asked himself “What if…”? What if this message was taught in every school, church and household? Why couldn’t “Point the Thumb” become used so effortlessly and often it becomes part of our everyday vernacular?
Inspired by those thoughts James has created Point the Thumb Foundation as a non-profit organization designed specifically to reach out to schools, organizations and groups to share his message. Currently James travels the country speaking with groups of all ages and not only shares his message but teaches others how to use and apply the message to improve their life and those around them. It is a rewarding and immensely gratifying role in which he has, in some cases, changed people’s lives along with their perspective. All proceeds given to the foundation go directly towards the continued vision and goal of spreading this message to each and every person whether directly or through his and teachings.
Papa Joe is one of the most special people I’ve ever met on my PTT Journey.