This special entry was written by founder and CEO, Kody Bateman.
For those of you who don’t know, Mike and Tessa Stowe are Executive Distributors in SendOutCards. They reside near Brisbane, Australia. They have been involved with SendOutCards for the past six years.
Mike Stowe succumbed to cancer November 16. Many of you reading this know Mike and Tessa and have been richly blessed with their presence in your life. Together, they are shining examples of living life to its fullest, taking time to smell the flowers, making constant investment in relationships, collecting stories that inspire, and laughing throughout the journey.
Not only was Mike one of the most positive people I have ever met, he was also one of the funniest. His amazing sense of humor was the core to his positivity.
At the Treat’em Right Seminar held in Melbourne, Australia, this past April, I invited Mike and Tessa to share some of their experiences of the past year. Knowing that Mike had been dealing with some major health challenges, I thought it might be a tearful and emotional speech. Instead, those of us there were blessed with the genius of Mike Stowe. He had us rolling in the aisles with laughter. I can’t remember details of his stories or punch lines because I was laughing too hard. Though we were short on time, we wanted him to keep going because he “stole the show.” He made us feel good. He helped us understand, by his example and his spoken word, that life was to be celebrated daily. His message was clear: There is no time to worry or feel sorry for yourself — there is only time for living life to its fullest.
I will never forget that experience. He showed all of us how to take life’s challenges and laugh them away. I don’t know if Mike was always this way, but I do know that he had the ability to focus only on those things that would bring a smile to your face. To him, life was about fun, adventure, laughter, stories, and making a positive difference in the lives of others. If your conversations with Mike were not about those things, he would turn your conversation to those things. That was his genius — an amazing gift.
He absolutely adored his sweet wife Tessa. She was his inspiration as he was hers. They were a team. Not only were they fun and happy together, they were also very professional about their business. Both Mike and Tessa have been very successful in past business ventures. They brought their sophistication and professionalism to their SendOutCards business.
Tessa will continue forward and Mike will be with her in spirit every day. I want everyone to know that I dearly love this couple from the land down under.
One of the things I love most about SendOutCards and the network marketing model, is the opportunity to meet people like Mike and Tessa Stowe. They are family. They have richly blessed our lives and will continue to do so.
My daughter Whitney was also deeply touched by Mike and Tessa. She reminded me that they have never missed recognizing a birthday or anniversary of anyone in our Bateman family since we have known them. That’s had a lasting impact on Whitney. She tearfully told me that just three days before Mike’s death, she sat at her computer to send Mike and Tessa a card. While she was writing her card of gratitude to them, she looked up and saw a photo of a smiling Mike Stowe in a collage of greeting cards hanging on her wall. She cried as she finished her card to them.
My dear friends, this is what SendOutCards is all about. We have the ability to celebrate life in ways that are not possible anywhere else. We have a way to create “family” with everyone that joins us. And, yes, we have a way to provide financial independence by being nice to people.
Eagle Distributor DeMarr Zimmerman and VP of international Operations Paul Gerardis were able to visit with Mike and Tessa just two days before Mike passed away. While they were there, Jodi and I were blessed to spend a few moments with them on the phone. Those were precious moments. DeMarr told me that when we hung the phone up from that call, Mike cried. Just so you know, Jodi and I cried as well.
To our dear friend and brother Mike Stowe, may God be with you ‘til we meet again.
– Kody Bateman