If I Knew

This is one of my favorite poems that I want to share with you.

If I knew it would be the last time I’d see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly, and pray the Lord your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I’d give you a hug and a kiss, then call you back for more.

If I knew it would be the last time I’d hear your voice lifted in praise, I’d video each action and word to play back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time I could spare an extra minute to stop and say “I love you,” instead of assuming you knew I do.

If I knew it would be the last time I would be there to share your day, well I’m sure you’ll have so many more, so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there’s always tomorrow to make up for an oversight and we always get a second chance to make everything just right.

There will always be another day to say “I love you,” and certainly there’s another chance to say “anything I can do.”

But just in case I may be wrong and today is all I get, I’d like to say how much I love you and hope you won’t forget.

Tomorrow’s never promised to young and old alike, and today may be our final chance to hold our loved ones tight.

So if you’re waiting for tomorrow, why not do it today? For if tomorrow never comes, let’s not regret today.

Do hold your loved ones close today, and whisper in their ear. Say how much you love them and that you’ll always hold them dear.


Who will die next?

A 7 year old child has just taken his life. Why would someone so young do this? The reason is that he could not foresee any hope given the desperate situation he was in. This is not an isolated case. Millions of children consider suicide as a way of opting out of their problems. It is out of desperation that they want their pain to immediately go away. Two million children will attempt to take their lives this year, one million will succeed. This number is steadily climbing. If you have children, one of them could be your child.

As a Global Youth Speaker and children’s advocate, I am very concerned. It is my mission to create actionable solutions to decrease this startling number. I am focusing my work to “Save Lives and Curb Teen Suicide.”

I have spoken with over two million children worldwide and personally see the pain that they suffer from. During the course of my school discussions each year, students openly stand and speak of their anguish and problems. It is only out of desperation that they turn directly to drugs. alcohol, suicide, crime, and violence as a way out. Were you aware that ¾ of the children admit to considering suicide? To counteract their hopelessness, I provide a safe forum where they can openly express and discuss their deepest and most troubling issues. My goal is to encourage them to envision hope, teach them to love themselves for who they are and reinforce that someone genuinely cares about them. Please reference my life changing work on my YouTube Channel or visit it my website at jimtuman.com.

If not resolved, a future generation in turmoil will directly result in a negative fiscal and economic impact. We must not turn away from the problem. We continually see young people commit senseless acts to the point that we are becoming desensitized to the fact that it is a young person taking their life. Suicide has a ripple effect that not only impacts persons with direct relationships to the victims, but also individuals outside of their social circle. In most cases, unforgettable regret is the harsh reality that remains with the survivors.

My impactful solutions and programs over the last 20 years have provided successful outcomes for more than one million children. Please contact me if I can be of service to you or your organization: jim@jimtuman.com

Thank you for caring about the future of our children.

Jim Tuman

Save Lives – Curb Teen Suicide

Jimmy’s Kids, a charity started in 1988 that serves 25,000 indigent kids by national youth speaker, Jim Tuman, is expanding its mission.

Teen suicide, teen violence and bullying are at an epidemic crisis
resulting in tens of thousands of lost lives of children.

Several of Jim’s programs dealing with these topics; Voice of Reason, Circle of Influence and goal programs already have a great track record of 15+ years of success in schools. His new endeavors, such as the national movie “A Girl Like Her” in which he had a role and a PBS documentary on Jim Tuman’s work and his fight for solutions, provide great insight and call to action to alleviate these problems.

The goal of $15,000 is to expand these programs to encompass 100 schools. Many programs will be initiated and led by the outstanding high school sophomores who have attended HOBY Leadership Conferences (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership).

Because of the day-to-day crisis of these issues, we are looking for immediate donations to hit the ground running in the 2016-17 school year.

We are excited about the challenge and desperately need your help.

Please help and donate today!

My Letter to Art

Below is a letter I wrote to my dear friend Art. I challenge you to let those who are special to you know how you feel while they are still around. Life has no guarantees! Don’t wait.

August 2015
Dear Art:

As I sit here, more than 50 years of memories are dancing in my head and most make me smile. The smile represents how blessed I was to love you at the deepest level and to admire you for the path in life you chose. The world and so many lives where you have left your mark of a caring and loving man are your legacy. They will go out in the world and find themselves silently echoing your wisdom as I will in my time left. Your voice lives on in those of us who have shared moments with you.  

In our friendship, you have always led with your heart and no gift is more precious. Our constant teasing and joking got me through so many difficult times but I relied on your advice to help me see my path clearer. You always represented my family during times when I felt like I had no family. You were present at so many special moments in my life and I will always love you for those.

I find, at this moment, more feelings than words but this one thought has been at the forefront of writing this. I would like to borrow a thought from Lou Gehrig that is relational to you and me. As I sit here at my desk, I consider myself one of the luckiest people on earth for knowing and loving you and Kathy and for being able to call you my friend and my family.

I will not say goodbye because I know I will see you again.

Your friend and brother,


Races, Religious Organization Set Difference Aside to Create Christmas for Families In-Need

jk_fb_photos15aChristians, Jews and Muslims band together to bring holiday joy to families

ROYAL OAK, MI, December 2015 — Setting aside cultural and ideological differences in the spirit of giving this holiday season, one thousand volunteers will gather on Christmas morning to bring holiday cheer to families in SW Detroit. The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and United Council of Islamic Societies are joining with several Christian Organizations and area churches to assist youth advocate, Jim Tuman and his Jimmy’s Kids Christmas Morning Program.

Tuman and his non profit, Jimmy’s Kids, collected food, clothing, toys and other gifts for the Christmas Morning Program that volunteers will deliver to tens of thousands of Metro Detroit’s “forgotten” children — those who may be in-need or emotionally or physically challenged.  Volunteers will follow a semi-truck filled with gifts to SW Detroit, then surprise 500 families with a special delivery on the morning of Dec. 25.

“I’ve been speaking in schools about the importance of kindness and relationships for many years, and realized that some children and their families were not were not able to afford a Christmas celebration, because they were falling through the cracks of the system.” said Tuman.  “In 1988 we took toys to 22 children, and this year we will serve 25,000. The volunteers get such joy from this experience that they come back every year.  We even have people travel from Europe to join us.”

This year, volunteers from two-dozen Metro Detroit churches will join volunteers from Islamic associations and masques, Jewish Federation and synagogues.

“If you want to feel the real spirit of the season, come and join us for this very special experience,” said Tuman.

 Volunteers will gather Christmas morning 9:00am at Stephen Lutheran Church, 1235 Lawndale, Detroit. For more information, visit jimmyskids.com


No Regrets



For the next couple of months I would like to try a different approach to inspiration. I don’t think any of us escape life without some regrets. We all have dreams, goals, relationships and opportunities that have not been checked off our list. Many of these can be revisited, changed or discarded. Those items relating to relationships would be important to resolve on our healing journey.

Over the years I have received so many letters, phone calls, emails and texts from people who have missed opportunities. I believe by sharing some of those, you can learn from their situations and hopefully improve your circumstances. Changing regrets can change lives. I hope you can have positive success in any area that you share with friends and family.

After my last talk, a girl emailed her entire family with whom she hadn’t spoken to in years – and they reunited. It starts with a baby step and grows with each move forward.

Good luck on your journey and keep me in the loop so I can support you. Please share your dreams and goals!

Your Friend,

An Important Message that Stands the Test of Time

BestThingsAudioBy David Sawicki for YoungPop.org

“Life has NO guarantees!”

While that statement may provoke serious contemplation, it also serves to underscore the need to live each day full-out and goal-oriented.

That is just one of the inspirational messages from Internationally-acclaimed speaker Jim Tuman. Tuman’s message has resonated with over 2 million people of all ages, world-wide, for the last 40 years.

“How do you want the people in your life to remember you?” – putting a spotlight on the superficiality of a materialistic-driven society – is another.

Now in his mid-70’s, Mr. Tuman continues to urge his audiences to take a serious look at the path they are on and to put “people first, things second.” His message certainly resonated with one woman, who is now a mother that decided to share it with her own child:
“Hi Jim, I remember when I heard you speak 25 years ago.  I was in junior high at the time and we had a self-esteem week.  I was really moved by your “The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things” speech and then immediately got your cassette with the same title.  Your booming voice and poignant stories really affected me.  I have a daughter who is now at my same junior high and I am going to have her listen to that old cassette tape.  I still have it.  We will also listen to your “You Are Not Alone” video on your website and whatever else you have.  Please know that you really did change my life and after 25 years I am passing on your message to my children. Best to you.” —KA, Santa Barbara, CA

There is good news for this mother, and those that have experienced the effect of Mr. Tuman’s presentation: that cassette is now available on CD and digital download. CD Baby, the world’s largest distributor of independent music, now carries the CD. Digital distribution partners include: CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and many more. The Apple Music Store will also carry the work for download.

This recording is based on concepts that will affect every person at some time in their lives. It is intended to inspire and motivate people to complete unfinished business and pursue their dreams, goals and wishes before one’s time is up.

“The reason it is so powerful is that it happens everyday, all over the world,” Jim states. “The fact that life can change in a phone call, for everyone on the planet, helps the listener to understand that NOW is the only moment they have to tell somebody they love them. If we don’t say it, we could carry the weight of regret- ‘I wish I would have said it’, one day!”

Jim Tuman has appeared on broadcast TV, including: ABC, NBC, CBS National News, the Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also been featured in leading publications, including: Newsweek, USA Today, Business Week, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, and the New York Times.

He founded the Jimmy’s Kids charity, a Christmas (and now year-round) Program serving over 30,000 children who would not otherwise have a holiday. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of CD’s and digital downloads will benefit this non-profit organization. Visit http://www.jimmyskids.com for more info.

To underscore this powerful and relevant message is the inclusion of an original song, “Time”, by accomplished musical artist Karl Anthony (Track 7). Click the link below to make this remarkable work your own:

PLEASE NOTE: For the maximum experience, we recommend listening to this program, in it’s entirety, from start to finish. Track separations have been assigned for your convenience- to pick up the program where you may have left off- and by no means are designed to separate the presentation.