General Mukoyama’s Standard Mantra, “Every Day is a Great Day.” – Gen. James Mukoyama


I have a standard mantra okay and that
is every day is a great day I have my faith my family and live in the finest
country in the world I see it every day every chance I got and people ask me
well why you know how can you be so positive and you know why do you say
that I say well number one as a very young 24 year old company commander in
Vietnam in combat there were times I didn’t know if I was going to be alive
the next moment much less see the next sunrise when you’re in those
circumstances what is important in life becomes real focused and that is faith
family and living in the finest country in the world now so then people will
come back at me and say well how can you say that when we have so much division
in our country okay and I say listen I’m a little bit longer and too thin you are
and when I was a kid the I’ve seen the improvements in our
society when it comes to race relations know I’m a minority so I get it and I
told him the the odds of me becoming when I was a kid the odds of me becoming
a Major General in the United States Army were slim and next to none okay
when you know when we’ve had an african-american president who was
reelected and then I tell people when President Kennedy was elected that was a
big deal and and a lot of people don’t know why and I say because he was
Catholic but today that that’s that’s that’s not a big deal right and that
that though in those days that was a big deal so I tell people every day is a
great day I have my faith my family we live in the finest country in the world
well that saying was challenged about five and a half years ago when I had
some health challenges which I think I didn’t mention it earlier did anybody
ever I was still working you know financial services industry and I got up
in the morning or shaving and I felt this pain in my chest and I mean it
wasn’t a serious pounding and I wasn’t sweating not
I didn’t have a temperature so I thought of something I ate you know give it five
minutes it’ll go away right it didn’t go away so I told my wife this is not good
so I finished shaving and dressing though and she drove me to the emergency
room in the hospital so I walk in and I say hey you know I’ve got this pain in
my chest I don’t know what it is so they do an
EKG and they said you have had a heart attack well suddenly all these doctors
and nurses swooped in to the ER they undressed me and they put me in a
hospital gown I’m on a gurney and I’m on my way to the operating room right so
I’m in the corridor and on this gurney and I say to myself self can you say
today is a great day and I said I absolutely can
I survived Vietnam I have a wonderful wife and children and I most importantly
have my faith so in 24 hours I had three operations the first operation was for
the heart attack okay so they do an angiogram they found
out my LD D which is the Widowmaker artery was 90 percent block so they do
an angioplasty put a stent in so by 10 o’clock in the morning I’m in
the recovery room so I’m thinking well that’s that’s the end of it right that
wasn’t the end of it the second thing that happened was my
heart cavity started to fill up with liquid it’s called a fusion so I had to
go back in for and they had to put a hole in my chest so they could put a
tube there so they could drain this liquid and it filled up a bottle it took
about 24 hours to do that okay the third thing that happened then was
my kidneys failed so I had to go back in and they had to put another hole in my
chest so they could hook up a date dialysis machine okay so the standard
procedure every time I was rolled into the operating room is what’s your name
what’s your birthday how do you feel okay so I’m on the operating table and I
say Jim Mele Amla August 3rd forty-four every day is a great day I
have my faith my family and live in the finest country in the world I can’t tell
you the effect that had on the doctors and nurses the first operation the
doctor said what is your faith and I said well since you asked me doc I said
I’m a Christian Christ is my Savior you’re skilled physician skilled nurses
but I’m in God’s hands so whatever he decides I’m okay with so
let’s get on with it so the second operation there was a nurse and she said
where do you go to church and I said well I attend Willow Creek Community
Church and she said I do too so no coincidence the third operation this was
the coolest thing there was a male nurse who was wearing a camouflage bound and I
said you must have been in the army Nick I said yeah I was a medic and I
said well hey I just want you to know I’ve retired as the two-star general so
take good care of me will you and so that was kind of my my testing of
all that now the final thing I tell you which was a god thing months later I was
going I had to go through dialysis okay so I’m going through this dialysis and
and three months later I get a donor and the donor was our daughter okay but our
daughter is not our biological daughter we adopted her 30-something years ago
and yet she was a match so guys when I say every day is a great day I have my
faith my family and live in the kind of finest country in the world I can truly
say that and every day every day is an encouragement to me okay today was an
encouragement this morning when I was honored to participate in the National
Day of Prayer with the 79th the theater Sustainment Command at Los Alamitos and
this podcast is an encouragement to me so I just want you to know that and
remember every day is a great day faith family we live in the finest
country in the world


55 Responses

  1. Guile

    September 28, 2018 10:40 pm

    Damnit I was hoping that they were going to have a japanese general from Imperial Japan on the show to talk about military stuff. THAT would have been cool.

  2. Your friendly neighborhood Keyboard warrior ninja

    September 28, 2018 11:00 pm

    I was just listening to this while I was spraying cabinets! This guys awesome, and gave us some great lessons!

  3. e wilson

    September 28, 2018 11:58 pm

    The toughest people are the sweetest. I've found this out. People overlook the fruit that doesn't look perfect to them, but never eat perfect fruit in time, but the fruit that is the last is perfect for jam, and wine, and is the tastiest. Every way possible was paved out . What a blessing of a person.

  4. Basekitball

    September 29, 2018 12:09 am

    Its not about living or dying, but what we do with the time we are given. All of us are statistical anomilies that probably shouldnt even be here except for a miracle

  5. Norman Gilden

    September 29, 2018 1:53 am

    This was Very inspiring thank you I will wake up tomorrow and say that. Because with all the stuff that goes on in your life you just need to remember. You have a life and family and God. Bless us all and thank you for this.

  6. twr74

    September 29, 2018 7:09 am

    Probably the best thing I have seen or will see on the internet. Thank you for posting it & please thank him for living it.

  7. David Stewart

    September 29, 2018 6:23 pm

    I personally am not a religious person myself (nothing against anyone who is) but this was simply a wonderful story! thank you for sharing this mans story.

  8. john doe

    September 30, 2018 12:43 am

    What an admirable man. I stop sometimes and just give thanks that I'm healthy and have the fortune to be born in such a great time and place, with running water and electricity and (mostly) freedom. It's so easy to take it for granted, and forget how easily things could be unimaginably worse.

  9. Graydog 0126

    September 30, 2018 1:37 am

    I wish I was half this optimistic. He is a role model. Wow. I’m inspired. He makes me want to be better. Thanks for the video.

  10. T Hyde

    September 30, 2018 4:43 am

    General Mukoyama is an American Treasure!
    Thanks for the great clip. Anyone wanna tell me the best place to go to find full podcasts of Jocko?

  11. Lonnie Smith

    October 1, 2018 7:09 am

    That's awesome! At times I have felt as if the numbers of people that love God and country are on the decline. But seeing men like him give me hope and encouragement. God bless you Sr!

  12. KGx5zerØ

    October 1, 2018 8:32 am

    This gave me goosebumps!!!! I currently work in the surgical center and I always let my patients know they are in Great hands!!!! Faith goes a long way!!!!!!!


    October 11, 2018 11:29 pm

    I usually find this kind of talk either phoney, corny or both…but, not this guy. Wow, that was pretty inspirational. Respect.

  14. CRT BRO

    October 26, 2018 8:50 pm

    General, Jocko and Echo,

    May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.


  15. journaymanfupa prentice

    April 2, 2019 11:29 am

    Reassuring to know that he said that this podcast is inspirational. Or whatever. Something like that.


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