Raymond’s Tribute To Sir Jason Winters (1930-2004)
My Dear Friends,
I love my father deeply. I think about him each and every day and what it means to me that he is gone. What it means to all of us. It was a great honor for me to be involved with such an extraordinary person and travel the world with him on his quest to help people. He will forever remain an enormously positive influence on my life. He always said, “We should think positive, positive, positive all the time”. So though his presence will be greatly missed, he wouldn’t want us to focus on the negative. Now, more than ever, is the time for all of us to continue spreading the story and wisdom of this remarkable man.
One of the proudest moments in my life was about 25 years ago, when my father appointed me president of the company he founded, Jason Winters International. My father’s desire was that I continue to run this company and protect and preserve his life story. As President and CEO, I vow to do just that. Sir Jason always, always had compassion. He was a hard worker and he was accessible. I too will strive to exemplify these same traits.
One of the fondest memories I have of my father, was when I was twelve. My dad gave me this poem and told me if I could memorize it, he would give me two dollars. I originally did it because I wanted the two dollars, but as I memorized the poem the words meant something to me. I realized that this was how my father was trying to lead his life and his father before him. As I got older I discovered just what these words really meant. Now that my father is gone, it means more to me than ever.
Written by an Englishman, born in India in 1865, the poem is relevant today. I have read this many times throughout my life. My Son, J, Raymond Winters III will be 12 in May. I will give this to him then.
Sir Jason always asked – “what if”?
What If I Change My Attitude?
What If I Can Make a Difference?
What If I Can Help People?
My father loved life, he loved people, and he loved to travel the world and see new places. His tea, his story and his philosophy have affected thousands of people worldwide and will continue to do so. I believe Sir Jason accomplished just what he set out to. He asked the question, “what if”. Then he answered it by doing his part in making a difference in the world, by helping people through words of faith and wisdom, and by reminding people there is always hope.
I thank you all for your continued support and my deepest thanks to those of you who took the time to share your emails and letters throughout the years.
In loving memory of My Father, Sir Jason Winters.
My Very Warmest Regards,
Raymond Winters President:
Jason Winters International, Inc. / sirjasonwinters.com
“IF” by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run – Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!
In commemoration of Sir Jason’s 11th anniversary, a pastel painting was created in his honor. We invite you to watch this video as it is painted live.