I have thought about the finality of death for as long as I can remember. Even as a child, dying was on my mind and the thought of it brought fear to me. As I have grown older, I have surrendered to the fact that it is inevitable and that no one escapes this life alive. I am no longer afraid of dying but instead afraid to live a life that lacks purpose, fulfillment, and growth. I worked in many jobs and did well with all of them. I cleaned bathrooms, sold windows, and was a Lieutenant in a maximum security prison. But there was something always missing and I knew it each day I reported to work in the jobs and life I had chosen. I chose work I did not like, relationships that were dysfunctional, and health that was painful, sad, and miserable for me and those around me. I suffered the loss of a very friend and it opened my eyes even more about the finality of death and how I want to live my life. Although a successful man in business, my friend struggled with depression, alcoholism, and failed relationships. Because of this, I knew that I wanted to help those who struggle.  I thought about my dad whose addictions took him away from us way too early and I knew that I wanted to take care of my health for myself and those who love me. I thought of all my friends and family that worked all of their lives in jobs they were miserable at and knew I wanted a life’s work that I loved. I knew that I did not want to waste any days not serving God and my fellow human. What is it that you want out of your life? There is data that states many millennials list being rich as the most important thing to them in life. Being the richest person in the graveyard is not what our goal should be. While making wise financial decisions leads to security financially, being rich with fulfillment leads to a happy life. Serve something larger than yourself through your work. Help someone who is struggling. Make health choices that impact you and those who love you in a positive way. Practice gratitude throughout your day and live a life that you choose and not one that is chosen for you. And don’t waste any more days being miserable. Life is too short. Begin as soon as possible. BE YOUR OWN MIRACLE!



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