Episode #14- Narco Mindset Podcast - My Daughter Isabela and the Impact of the Coronavirus in her life.

Author: Dr. Jorge L. Valdés | | Categories: addiction , biography , cocaine , Covid-19 , inspirational , Medellin , motivational , reform , rehab , virus , CARTEL , CHRISTIAN , CORONAVIRUS , drugs , JORGEVALDESPHD , NARCO , NARCOMINDSET , PANDEMIC , prison

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In this episode, Dr. Valdes brings his youngest daughter Isabela to the podcast to get her opinion on how the Coronavirus has impacted her life. She shares her unique perspective as a 12th grader at The Benjamin School in South Florida and how she and her peers have to focus on different goals other than the senior traditions everyone was used to having.  Isabela offers what she has missed but also tells the listeners what and who is getting her by.

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INTRO:              Before we watched TV shows and movies on Narcos, and even before Pablo Escobar’s rise to fame, there was one man who was the ultimate Narco. He lived the Narco life of greed, money and power but found a way to reclaim his life, and use his astonishing experiences to empower others to live a life of hope, meaning and redemption. Welcome to the Narco Mindset podcast where Dr. Jorge Valdes shares his journey through life before and after the Medellín Drug Cartel. From torture and multiple prison sentences to how he refocused his life onto a path of principles learned as a Narco, it’s time to share that raw truth with you, right here on the Narco Mindset podcast with your host, Dr. Jorge Valdes.

Jorge:               Today on the Narco Mindset podcast, there’s a lot of people that will die because they have no money. My biggest message is fear not, this too shall pass. We lost over 500,000 suicides. We lose tons of drug addicts.

Isabella:            Graduation was something that we were all really looking forward to. I’m missing just school in general, which I never thought would be a thing I would say. There’s a whole another four years of a new life that we’ll have to experience with new people and new friends that we’ll love dearly.

Jorge:               Well, your generation, I believe, is going to make an enormous impact on the world. One of the best expressions of your faith, whether you’re Jewish, Muslim or Christian, whatever you call it, the greatest expression of faith is love.

                        Welcome to the Narco Mindset podcast. I am your host, Dr. Jorge Valdes, and I have a special guest today to do something that I think is interesting. I think it’s something that will really help a lot of people. I am recording this podcast with my daughter, Isabella Valdes. As we look at this coronavirus and how it’s totally disrupted our lives, one of the things that we really don’t think a lot about is the way that it’s disrupted the life of young people. Whether it’s senior graduating from college or high school, it’s become a different world for them. It’s really very sad because it’s something that they have worked so hard for long, and all of a sudden, they’re not even going to get to graduate, they won’t get to go to a prom, which actually makes me very, very happy.

                        I was a big prom fan for boys and myself even though I was too poor to go to prom but once you have daughters then it changes drastically. You really are not very happy about prom. Listen, we all need to be socially conscious. We all need to look at the world that we’re in, which is different, and we need to realize that we need to do what is responsible: wash your hands, keep social distancing. Besides that, you go on and live, and you adapt. For me, it’s very easy to adapt. I live in a [inaudible 00:02:43] square foot house. I’ve got my wife that I adore, my children that I adore. I’ve got a big, big screen TV. I spend all day writing, reading. It’s actually very easy to stay quarantined for 60 days or three years because involuntarily, the feds quarantined me for 10 years in a three by eight with no wife, one common TV, someone telling what time to get up, what time to go to bed, what time to eat.

                        I think that if this is something that’s going to happen a lot, maybe perhaps every male should through jail for at least a year. No, really about three years because the first two years you cry like a little girl and then the third year you realize you better stop crying because nothing is going to change. You’re going to stay in there, and then you adapt. We human beings adapt. It doesn’t affect me a lot. Another thing that is really sad, we have a lot of media people that are very wealthy. They make a lot of money.

                        In my mind, they have spent unbelievable amounts of time to scare the living daylights out of us. We live in a world of panic, and I know that people say lives are more important than the economy. I say that too but it’s easy because I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to pay the rent or how I’m going to eat but there’s a lot of people that the economy, if something is not done, and we can get this country back operating, there’s a lot of people that will die because they have no money. Yeah, in reality, death and the economy are co-related to each other.

                        It’s really simple when you’re a big movie star and say, “Stay home.” I’m sure they mean well. Their refrigerator is full. They’ve got people go out there and get all the stuff that they need. They’ve got this big, old mansion that’s like Disneyland so it’s easy for them to say stay home but how about that person that is trying to feed his baby? How about that person that is wondering how he’s going to eat every day? So, besides making aware that the fact that for me, my biggest message is fear not, this too shall pass. I wrote a three by five card when I went to prison. My father said to me crying one day leaving the visiting room, and said, “Son, no matter what happened, they can’t stop the clock from ticking, and this too shall pass.”

                        So, I wrote a three by five card that I kept with me for many, many years. Whenever I felt a little depressed or I felt a little down, I wrote it down, and it said, “This too shall pass.” Ten years passed. I was released. I went back. Life didn’t stop while I was in. Life didn’t stop when I got out. Everything became all right. I did whatever I had to do. I worked my butt off in prison, I took the measures that I had to take to better myself, to become a better person. Perhaps this time, let’s look at the good of the virus and then let’s look at the fact that there’s so much in life that we take for granted. No one would have ever imagined that a simple virus, not a nuclear bomb would bring this country to its knees.

                        But in a matter of two months, not this country, the entire world came to its knees. I promise you this, in the next 10 years, this virus will not kill 890,000 people. Where do I get that number from? That’s the amount of young Americans that will die of a drug overdose. Why are we not alarmed about that? Why are we not alarmed about the millions of people dying of AIDS? Why are you not alarmed that in the last ... from January 1st to March 25th, 2,300,000 people around the world died of hunger? Hunger, think about that, of no food. Now, I can tell you how that feels because I stayed in that jail in Panama for 28 days without being fed, and hunger is a bitch. Why don’t we look at those things?

                        We lost over 580,000 to drunk drivers. We lost a million something to smokers. We lost over 500,000 suicides. We lose tons of drug addicts. The world’s different, it’s changed. I take it. I pray. The great gift that this has given me is that I get to see my daughter whose about to go to college in three months. I get to see her every day now but it has changed her life quite a bit. Thank God that she chose to go to Wheaton College, and she has made amazing friends already that are going to Wheaton College.

                        They spend a lot of time talking to each other, and these are very, very godly, holy kids. I welcome my daughter, Isabella Valdes, to the podcast, and I want to hear her point of view of how has this ... well, let me give you a little precedent before that. When my daughter was an [inaudible 00:06:33], she was doing homeschool. She didn’t do very well with homeschool. She’s like me, she’s a social beaver and homeschool was not a great thing to her but she’s used it, she knows. She did it for two, three years?

Isabella:            Two and a half.

Jorge:               Two and a half years, so she’s used to it but there are other things that are ... she can tell you about is how does it feel that she’s worked so, so hard for that graduation and that proud moment when she walked that aisle and receives her diploma and whatever other medals they would give you, and in the prom. Then that passes from a high school kid to a college kid. Isabella, tell us how in your eyes, the virus has affected you and what are you doing to cope with it so that hopefully some kids that are out there that are not in your circumstance but are still wondering what they need to do, can help them.

Isabella:            Well, the virus has affected me in really a number of ways. For me, and it’s been difficult really not to see all my friends, especially at this last stretch of our senior year in high school because this is truly probably the last time any of us will see each other for a good long while. So, not being able to see them or to hang out with them has taken its toll as I can imagine has taken its toll on many other girls or boys my age, and going through the same thing as well as ... even though I’m used to this online curriculum, it is different with my new school, and it’s just different processing. All the teachers struggle with them as well and struggle to teach their classes in the way they would want to because there are infringements with this online program.

                        There are amongst others like graduation and prom. Prom is really fun but for me, and I know for a lot of my friends, graduation was something that we were all really looking forward to because it’s kind of this ending, closing chapter of our lives. To have that up in the air and not really knowing whether or not it’s going to happen or not is really a struggle for all of us because we’ve worked so hard for four years to have that graduation and to have that closing ceremony to close this chapter of lives, and to not know if or when that’s going to happen is definitely a struggle.

                        My school and I know a lot of other schools have so many senior traditions that kids, since their freshman year have been looking forward to and have been maybe even planning on what they’re going to do for those traditions. To have those canceled or to have those just taken away from them is definitely tough. But for me, I was really blessed to have my new college, meeting all those people through Facebook really and then having the opportunity to talk to them and to talk with them about what they’re going through and how their schools are dealing with the situation, and how their schools are also canceling all this bonded us a lot. I’ve really leaned on them heavily and leaned on their support because they’ve just been super supportive of everything that I’ve been going through and everything that we’ve been going through.

                        It’s really nice to have them as my support system to talk to whenever I just feel like I’m missing my friends or I’m missing just school in general, which I never thought would be a thing I would say. I do definitely miss having that community with my friends in high school, and being able to see them every day, which I never really thought about until it was taken away from me. I took it for granted in a way if I look back now, and I definitely miss seeing those people and being around my teachers because a lot of my teachers were really amazing people. They taught me a lot of really good things and a lot of them made me who I am today.

                        So, not being able to see them and not even really giving them a proper goodbye was definitely a rough situation because technically, even though this virus has been going on, we all thought we were going to go back at some point being mid-April but what we’re looking at now and how this situation is progressing and getting worse and worse by the day. It’s more and more looking that the rest of our semester will be canceled.

Jorge:               So, Isabella, tell us a little bit about the new friends that you have met that are going freshmen of Wheaton College. You can say their names and where they’re from. The good thing about technology is that now we can stay in communication. I always say two things, technology brings faraway friends close and puts close friends far away. Through technology, she’s got friends coming to Wheaton College from all over the world. One of the things that I really want to applaud Wheaton College for is I saw where Harvard went ahead and the minute they closed, they kicked out all the international students. A lot of these kids depended upon that salary that they would have at the school to even live and for their families to have a roof.

                        I read about how many of them are homeless. Here’s a university with 60 billion dollar endowment, fired all the cafeteria people, fired all the workers. If you’re charging $75,000, $85,000 tuition ... I hope that Harvard gets really hammered. Everybody thinks it’s the greatest thing in the world but honestly, in today’s world, and I tell a lot of kids, “Don’t get sold out by that Ivy League bullshit.” At the end of the day, you’re going to become who you’re going to become at whatever school you go to. You might get prestigious because you went to Harvard but at the cost of what? Hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and in the end, they don’t care. Wheaton has a lot of international students and yet what they did, they kept housing them because these kids can’t go home.

                        They can’t go back to China. They can’t go back to South Korea, Africa, all the European countries, so they stayed and Wheaton housed them. So, big applause for Wheaton but tell us about your friends from all over the world that you just met.

Isabella:            I have been meeting a lot of different people but some of the people who have really impacted me and supported me through these past few months really because I really started talking to some of them recently that is... one of my friends’ name is Ian Wellington. He lives in Hong Kong, he wants to be a pastor and he’s just really articulate with his faith. He’s honestly inspired me a lot to discover more about my faith and what drives me in my faith. He’s really just been a really good support system for me in terms of just testing my faith and seeing how strong I am in my faith, and what I can learn more about Jesus and more about the bible through him.

                        Another one of my friends’ name is Ethan. He’s from Wisconsin and they’ve really been not only supporting me but hey just makes me laugh a lot. They’re very funny people along with my roommate, Lilliana but we call her Lilly. She lives in Rhode Island. She’s amazing. She’s one of the sweetest, kindest people I’ve ever met, and along with Ella Wickum 00:12:54]. She lives in Michigan, and she’s just one of the most beautiful, funny people. Every morning, she sends me either a text or Snapchat saying good morning or saying hello. Whenever I need her or whenever she feels that I’m feeling down or something, I know she’ll always be there for me and be there to support me.

                        All these people have really impacted my life and really changed it in a way as being people who I know I can depend on even though I really have never met these people in real life but we’ve all just immediately formed such a strong bond in this short amount of time that we’ve known each other. We all know that one of us ever needs anything or if we’re ever feeling down and in need of support, we will always have each other’s backs. It’s really nice to have that support system with these kids because I really do care for them deeply and I really do love how they will support me no matter what and will support me in whatever I decide to do.

Jorge:               So, how does Ethan, the kid in Hong Kong, now has a school in Hong Kong been different for him or what are they going through as far as the thing that you struggle with or you miss compared to him being in a foreign country?

Isabella:            Well, technically, Ian actually graduated last year. He graduated a year early, so he escaped from all this. He’s been taking a gap year this year where he’s actually been working at his local church. He was actually supposed to minister a service this past Sunday but it was canceled because of the coronavirus and because of the safety precautions Hong Kong is taking. A lot of it has impacted him in a lot of ways because not only is he seeing how his work is being hindered through his church because of this virus but he also has friends who are currently graduating, and he’s seeing that toll that it’s taking on them, and that impact that it’s taking on their schooling.

                        He really can see it from both ways as someone who’s already graduated and from someone who has friends who are still about to graduate.

Jorge:               You know, as I hear these stories about these amazing kids, it really brings joy to my heart because number one, you feel that we’re so down on this generation, and I was studying one of the young men. I said, “The whole world is so down on your generation but your generation I believe is going to make an enormous impact in the world because you do have great kids that are committed to their faith. They’re great kids that love people. One of the best expressions of your faith whether you’re Jewish, Muslim or Christian, whatever you call it, the greatest expression of faith is love. How do you treat people? Is your faith attracted to others because you are attractive? I’m not talking about physically, I’m talking about behavior and positive ways that they look at the world.

                        I haven’t seen my daughter get depressed. My wife and I thought in the beginning that it might happen a little because of all the things that she said that she missed but her faith is getting her through and I’m glad for these young man that is helping her build her faith longer because you know what they say, no prophet has honor in his own home even though I don’t consider myself a prophet ... maybe sometimes I do. I see that they talk about things that are positive. This generation has a different consciousness that my generation did not have. I’ll be honest with you. I tell my middle son who’s just so successful, has worked so hard, I said, “You have such an advantage over my generation because of my generation, we worked fulltime and went to school fulltime.”

                        Everybody was the same. The field was equal. Everybody wanted to succeed. We have a generation right now that really, a lot of kids don’t want to work. They feel like if they go fulltime to school, that’s too much. Some will stay in school because they don’t want to get a job. Therefore, I told my kids on what I call the bugle call, and that was really simple. When the oldest man in the house got up, everybody got up. The sad part was I get up at five O’clock so they’re screwed. When I did the bugle call, they all get up. So, I told Alex, I said, “Now, look, look at the advantage you’ve got. You know how to get up early. You know how to work hard. So, you’re going to have a way, leap of advantage over a lot of people your age. But at the same time, this younger generation, because of the way that they use technology and the way that they communicate, have the ability and the social consciousness that they have.

                        That’s something that I really admire. I always throwback for poor people because I was poor one time but I didn’t have that social conscious where I wanted to change the world, I wanted to make everybody equal. I was just concerned about succeeding. I wanted to be a millionaire, I wanted to be rich because I equated being rich and a millionaire with being important. So, that’s all I really cared about, to be honest. Yeah, I helped everybody that I could and every Friday, I used to give out $50,000 a week. That’s because I was making a million a month and giving out $50,000, $10,000, $20,000 made me look good. But I was giving out of my excess. I was not giving out of my need.

                        If it meant that I had to go there Friday to help people to pay for their school, to pay for their birth, to pay for many things that I helped pay for, it meant that I would not have enough money for my jet, well, the poor are just going to have to stay poor because I was going to fly my jet. Well, this generation is different. This generation really feels doing things that are socially conscious. They care about the environment. They care about creating a different world. They care about people’s rights and they care about humanity. Those of us that hear all the time, “This generation is so lost.” Listen, when we were young, we were just as lost. The thing about it was that nobody found out about it.

                        Today, they can’t help but find out about it. It excites me. It excites me to see this generation and to see how they’re facing challenges like this. Another area that I wanted to ask Isabella is about how do you look at this virus as? Does it scare you, does it concern you or how does your faith impact the way you look at the virus or the way you’ve been brought up in a home that has a father that always preaches fear not. There’s no fear here.

                        Listen, fear when you fall off an airplane. Fear, when you get, shot at 20 times. Fear when the federal government is going to lock you up and give you life. That’s fear. Death didn’t matter and I was going to hell, so now that I believe I’m going to go to heaven, so I fear not death. I feel like hey when my day comes, it comes. I tell my kids, “Listen, when it’s your day, even if you get out of the way, it’s going to come. When it’s not your day, even if you get in the way, it’s not going to come.” So, how do you look at this virus as it relates to how we’ve seen how the world is so scared?

Isabella:            I don’t think I was ever really petrified of this virus but definitely when it was over in Europe or in Asia, I was not really afraid of it or its consequences. But when it did come over to the US, I was still kind of, okay, I see it’s definitely becoming a threat but it still hasn’t hit home for me. Then when it came down to Florida then I did feel a little spooked, to say the least, to see that okay, this virus, it’s near my home. I have members of my family who would be greatly impacted if they were to contract this virus. So, I think the fear started to settle in a little bit but I feel that my faith and through my friends that have helped me a lot like Ian, Ethan, Ellen, Lilly, and this girl, Syd, I feel like they have really helped overcome that fear and stay grounded, and not let that fear overcome me or overcome my thoughts, and just be aware that this virus is a threat and that we do need to take precautions against it such as social distancing or anything like that.

But not to let it overcome my mind or overcome all my thoughts and to make me think only about this virus and nothing else. So, I definitely see it as a threat and I understand it’s a very impactful virus but I do feel that in terms of my family and my household, it has not quite overtaken that fear. I haven’t been consumed by it but I’m aware. It’s definitely a threat.

Jorge:               I told a friend of mine, he says, “Does it scare you because you’re 64, you’re at that age.” I said, “Oh my God if the way that God decides to take me is through a virus, I just think it’s the biggest joke he ever played.” Because listen, I’ve been in a car that was shot 28 times. I looked at the car and it looked like a strainer, and nothing happened. I fell off an airplane at 5000 feet, I lived. I was tortured for twenty somewhat days where I bled for five years every time I pissed, and I lived. I went into a prison in Tallahassee at the age of 23 that they called gladiator school because there were so many stabbings and I lived and survived. So, if it’s my time to come, hey, I’m ready.

                        I tell my kids, “Don’t cry for me, cry for you. I’m going to be perfectly fine.” I saw on Facebook where this [inaudible 00:21:16] created a new channel called Some Good News, SGN. I said ... well, I don’t watch it anymore. I’m going to replace CNN for SGN, Some Good News. Yeah, the hospitals are overburdened but a friend of mine who manages a hospital said to me, “The truth of the matter is yes, we have a lot of cases,” but he says, “George, the problem was that 85% of all our beds were already filled before we had the first coronavirus because the hospitals, like every business in America, had become very, very efficient. Because they’re very, very efficient, they don’t have more beds than they need. So, they figure our algorithms that hey, we’re going to need 100 beds a year, and that’s all they have.

                        So, all of a sudden, when those beds that we needed for regular things, most of them are taken up, our access was very, very little. So, that’s why we have this overburden. Yeah, the numbers are big, and why can’t we test more? I talked to my friend, Julio Franco, the ball player who’s in Korea and people there are not scared. Why? Because as you drive by, you get tested, so people know if they have a problem, the just go home. Now, the whole world changed. A lot of businesses, sadly, are going to go out of business. A lot of businesses that were barely surviving are going to go out of business.

                        People are going to realize all of a sudden that they over-rely on the stock market. It doesn’t mean anything. Don’t rely upon anything in life. Life is a fleeting moment. You’re here today and gone tomorrow. So, the world changed. For me, I just face it with a lot of courage, surmounting with success because my faith enlightens me. I’ve never feared in my life, so I’m not going to fear now. I’m going to do now. Don’t get me wrong, I will do what the authorities tell me to do. If they tell me to stay home, well, I’m home most of the time anyway. If they tell me to wash my hands, I wash my hands all the time anyway. If they tell me to stay six feet away from people, I could do that for the rest of my life because probably 99% of the people you encounter you don’t even like anyway, so it’s easier to stay six feet away from them and you don’t do stupid things.

                        I do that but after I’ve done that, I don’t want to hear the damn news telling me how bad things are and how the world is coming to an end. The world isn’t coming to an end, and if it comes to an end, who gives a damn? If we’re all going to die, well, we had fun. We lived X amount of years, and that’s just life, we all die. I’m not saying that we want to die and I’m not saying that people should just accept that they want to die, no, get me right. Do what is right, do what is socially responsible, and at the end of the day, if you are a person of faith like I am, I believe that I’m going to only go the day God’s going to take me home, period. When that day comes, if heaven’s supposed to be so much better than the earth, and listen, when I first went to prison and I’d just become a Christian, I was really, really excited one day when I read this verse in the bible that says, “Eyes have not seen the mansion that I have prepared for you.”

                        I said, “Damn Jesus! Man, boy, I’ve lived in some fancy mansions. I lived in twenty, forty million dollar homes. Man, I have seen a lot of glitter. I’ve seen a lot of beauty. That one up there is a lot better. Wow, I can’t wait. Now, I’m in a rush to get there, trust me. I’m going to ask my wonderful daughter to give us some parting words for her generation, and again, fear not. Turn off the news. Use this time to play Monopoly. When we came from Cuba, that’s all we had. That was the first luxury we bought, and we had a great time. No TV, no record player, no radio, and we lived, and we enjoyed each other as a family. So, do board games. Don’t do UNO if you suck like I do, and my two hoodlum kids and my hoodlum wife are constantly beating me.

Isabella:            Don’t play Monopoly where your father just destroys you in every single game.

Jorge:               Exactly. Play Monopoly where you-

Isabella:            Don’t play Monopoly-

Jorge:               Where I’m a businessman and I know how I can manipulate them so that building nice hotels and tax the hell out of them.

Isabella:            No because that is just a quick death and it’s not fun anymore.

Jorge:               Don’t let this stupid virus ... this too is going to pass. Go about your life, do what is socially responsible, look out for others, pray more, rest more and enjoy your family. Enjoy your kids, man. That’s the greatest gift that we have. They’re going to grow. My little baby girl is going to grow and leave. You see, at least ... now, every time I used to think about her leaving in a few months, I used to cry. Now, I know she’s going to be here for a while.

Isabella:            Well, you do have your pre-crying face on.

Jorge:               It’s just exciting to see that, listen, just a new life. Isn’t that exciting? Life changes. Well, change with it. We’re very adaptable human beings, trust me. I never thought at the age of 23, I could lay on a floor of a Panamanian jail, and get my butt kicked day and night, electricity to my testicles and survive. I did. I thought I would die by the age of 30, no doubt in my mind. I would not live past 30. I’m 64, so I got 34 bonus years. We’re going to die. Have faith, trust God. For me, that’s how I feel. I believe he’s not going to give me more than I can handle. I can handle a lot, and you too. But fear not because fear is going to give depression. Fear is going to get you sick. Fear is going to make you live in agony. At the end of the day, until you do what you’re supposed to do, there’s nothing else you can do.

                        What we need to do is fear for those poor people that are really getting hurt, that have no food to feed their family, have no roof over their heads, and applaud all these new heroes that we have. Those first responders, those nurses, and doctors. They’ve got family, they’ve got kids. Every day they go to work, they put their families at risk for you and I. So, fear not. I’m going to let my daughter close us with words of wisdom for her generation, and this has been exciting. I’ll bring her over when it’s all over so that we can see how her attitude has changed.

Isabella:            I’d just like to say to people who are my age, younger or older that don’t let this virus overtake your mind or overtake your thoughts. Focus on what you have around you whether that be family, whether that be friends or even your dog or cat. Focus on what you have around you and what you have in the present. Find maybe new hobbies or new things about yourself that you didn’t know before. Take time to just sit down or meditate or read or just do something that won’t cause you to fear or won’t cause you to stress like watching the media or watching TV will do. Just take some time to yourself, know that we’ll get through this. At some point, it will be over. We’ll recover. This won’t go on for the rest of our lives.

                        Even though, yes, a lot of our senior traditions or a lot of our senior events that we’ve been looking forward to for years may be canceled or may be postponed, we’ll get through this. Even though they might not happen, there’s a whole future waiting for us and there are a whole another four years of our new lives that we’ll have to experience with new people and new friends that we’ll love dearly. We will miss our old friends, yes, but they will miss us, we will miss them, but we will move on from this chapter of our lives, and we’ll find new people, and we’ll still be friends with those people no matter what.

                        I just wanted to say that this is something that if this will end, this will eventually just be over and we will all get through this one way or another. Just don’t let that fear overtake you or overtake your mind. Focus on your family, focus on your friends. Have those people as a support system to help and guide you through this process so that they can give you the strength and the wisdom to really navigate this virus, and to navigate it through a healthy mentality and a healthy state of mind.

                        I just want to give a shout out to my friends, Ian, Ethan, Ella, Lilly and Syd. I just want to thank you all for supporting me through everything. I don’t know what I would do without your support and your help, and I love you all very, very dearly.

Jorge:               Thank you so much for listening to the Narco Mindset podcast. Today, you’ve enjoyed having my daughter here with me. Email me about it. Just don’t tell me to get off the microphone and just let her do the podcast because she’s probably better than me.

Isabella:            You should do that. You should definitely do that.

Jorge:               She probably reaches a lot more people than me, and again, if you enjoyed the podcast, tell your friends about it, share it. We’re trying to make a difference in the world. We’re trying to make this world just a little better. We’re trying to bring you a positive message every week. We’re trying to bring awareness to the things that we really need to bring awareness. Pray for all those prisoners that have no choice to be socially separated, that are stuck in prison, that are so overcrowded to begin with that if one gets sick, they all automatically get sick. So, pray for the prisoners, pray for the health workers, pray for all those, and do something nice.

                        When this is all over, do something nice for those cashiers that sat there and had all kinds of people not knowing if they were afflicted or not just so that we could have groceries. For all the truck drivers, we don’t think about them very much but they’re out there on the road away from their families trying to bring our produce and bring our groceries and the essential items that we need. So, if you have enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe and tell your friends about it. Go to our webpage, www.jorgevaldesphd.com, and join our community. Once you join our community, it will automatically send you a PDF of my latest book, Narco Mindset: Freedom Edition. Be blessed, be of good cheer, fear not, be strong, be closer to family, love each other, and we’ll see you next week on the Narco Mindset podcast.   

OUTRO:            We’ve come to the conclusion of this episode of the Narco Mindset podcast but your path towards hope, meaning and redemption continues. For more information and resources to help you on your path towards finding a life built on integrity, honor and truth, head to jorgevaldesphd.com and join our community. We appreciate you joining us for this episode and look forward to helping you find your turning point right here on the Narco Mindset podcast.



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