“I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.” – Leo Rosten
My friend and mentor Jack Jackson recently had a heart attack and was hospitalized. He is now home and doing better although he has a long way to go. When I think of Jack one term comes to my mind, “IMPACT”! We all somewhere or sometime in our lives ask the question, “What’s it all about”? We all question why we are here. We search for meaning not only in everything we do but in life itself. Jack’s mantra is “Life is meant to be enjoyed and not to be endured”. But his purpose in life is to make a positive impact in every human being he meets.
If we can be successful with one other human being in our life time I believe we can say, job well done! For Jack at 80 years of age, in his 50th year of recovery he has impacted so many people it is amazing. I met Jack before I celebrated my twentieth year of continuous sobriety and I must say, he has made an impact in my life far beyond what I could have thought imaginable. I can only hope to be half as impactful as Jack so that when my time here is coming to an end I can leave without regret. Life is good and it gets better and better and better every day in every way.
What is your purpose here in life? Do you think that making an impact in others lives is important? Does your kindness, love and compassion extend out past your immediate family and friends?
Go, Go, Go…