Kevin Patrick Law - July 2021

The Secrets of a Life Well Lived Kevin Reviews ‘The Hero Code’

One of my favorite modern authors is William H. McRaven, the retired U.S. Navy admiral who wrote the book “Make Your Bed.” I reviewed that book in a past newsletter, so you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered McRaven had published another one, “The Hero Code: Lessons Learned From Lives Well Lived.” The book was released this April, and I immediately purchased the audiobook. “The Hero Code” tells the stories of real-life heroes McRaven met during his service in the Navy and beyond. Those heroes include soldiers, astronauts, and cancer researchers. As different as they are, McRaven suggests all have a set of values in common: courage, humility, sacrifice, integrity, compassion, perseverance, duty, hope, humor, and forgiveness. He calls these values the code. One of the first things that hit me about “The Hero Code” was the fact that McRaven read the audiobook himself. It was meaningful to hear him talk about his own experiences, and his voice truly brought

the book to life. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on humor, which ended with the pledge, “I will use humor to comfort others, and never be afraid to laugh at myself.” As you read on Page 1, this is a big theme in my life! Another pledge that hit home for me was, “I will be a person of integrity; every decision I make and every action I take will be moral, legal, and ethical.” I may never command a battalion or serve in Washington, D.C., but I know I’ll be able to incorporate the 10 pledges of “The Hero Code” into my daily life. I think you will find a lot to learn in it, too! The book is only 176 pages, so it’s a quick read anyone can appreciate. P.S. If this book isn’t in your area of interest, I’d also recommend Davy Crockett’s autobiography, “Davy Crockett: His Own Story.” My son Michael is still on a Davy Crockett kick, and reading the folk hero’s own words has given me a new appreciation of his tall tales!


Mexican Corn Salad

Don’t let the long ingredient list scare you. This summer salad celebrates in- season veggies and herbs and comes together quickly.

Ingredients • 4 cups of fresh corn, cut from 5 cobs • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped • 1/2 red onion, diced • 6 green onions, chopped • 1 jalapeno, diced • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice Directions 1. In a cast-iron skillet over medium- high heat, add oil and corn. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3–5 minutes or until corn starts to char. 2. Add the corn to a large bowl and let cool for 5 minutes, then add

• 1/2 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika • Salt and pepper, to taste

• 2 tbsp sour cream • 2 tbsp mayonnaise

• 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped • 1/2 cup cotija or feta cheese, crumbled

the remaining ingredients and stir together until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning. 3. The salad pairs well with grilled entrees and can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


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