04/21/2014 06:03 pm ET Updated Jun 21, 2014

A Second Opportunity

When I first read Thrive by Arianna Huffington, I could only marvel at the similarities to her story and my own.

It's only 12 years ago I found myself on the floor fighting for breath, thinking my life was about to come to a close. If you read At the End of the Day, which I co-wrote with my daughter, Laura Senior Garcia, I am sure that you will quickly understand with great clarity that -- at least through our perspective -- life is indeed a series of choices. How early on in a person's existence we start to appreciate that probably depends on each individual's personal journey.

For me, it took what I thought at the time was a near-death experience to realize that it was up to me to choose how I was going to live my life and treat others. When Laura first approached me with the idea of writing our story, I had no idea that we would have some of the amazing moments and truly powerful exchanges that we enjoyed during the writing of this book.

I was provided with a life lesson that will stay with me forevermore, and I have become so much more aware of always doing my best to practice giving people the "right experiences." I hope you will see that the intent of our story is not to tell you what to do or how to run your life, but to appreciate what could be.

As a result of my life-changing experience, I made some choices, which have resulted in the following:

• I promised myself I would never get frustrated, disappointed or angry ever again (I have happily maintained this in the last 10 years.)
• We formed a company called Equilibria, which now impacts people on a global basis
• In 2010, we took our work into schools as well as industry and now have a vision of E-Colors, Every School, Every Nation which you can learn more about in the video HERE.

When given the opportunity to share our work on HuffPost, we were delighted and felt privileged to be given the chance to blog. We hope that in the months and years to come you will help us realize the vision of talking to children and students worldwide.