Meet Dr Sam Kline
Truth Teller. World-Shaker. Self-Leadership Expert.
I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and was wrongly accused of a crime.
Freedom is a choice. It is not given to anyone for good behavior, but fought for with every bone in your body. I know this for a fact.
I grew up in Southern Mississippi, in the heat of not long forgotten racial tension, on the wrong side of America’s tracks.
My dad drank about as hard as he worked. He worked pretty hard, and he hit pretty hard too. Strike 1.
I knew my way out and onto a better life was success in school. So I worked hard and committed to excellence in academics. School became my sanctuary, but it couldn’t stop the pain.
“By ten years old, I planned my suicide.”
Being a “good kid”- I knew I could leave the classroom without any questions. On the morning I planned to do it, on my way to the restroom, I stood in the strangely vacant hallway and heard a voice.
I had never heard it before, but it pleaded with me not to do it. I think it was God or my guardian angel talking to me. It rattled me to the core…and in trust, I just kept walking…straight the counselor’s office for help.
And even so, I knew I would be in trouble.
The counselor called my dad–the man who had never missed a day at work…the man who rose up before daybreak each day to go make a living… the man who kids swore he was a preacher because we were raised so strictly.
When we got home, he beat me. While my mom turned her back and washed the dishes like it was just another day.