Life is meant to be enjoyed and not endured…

by Daniel · 2 comments

Happiness is a choice. Your circumstance can affect it, but you’re still the one who decides your happiness. Unknown

Deciding to be, stay and live happy is the best choice I have ever made. Of course there are times when I am sad in situations. There are times when I am angry in situations. Yet, in all situations the longer I stay emotional to a degree that I am not happy with the less time I have to be happy.

My mentor Jack Jackson was one of the greatest men I knew. I did not speak to him often because he was tough to catch up to. He got out of bed every day and went to breakfast in a little restaurant in Boquete, Panama. He often forgot his cell phone at home. His house phone was the way to catch him but it was hit or miss, mostly miss.

I did speak to him a few weeks ago. It was great to hear his voice, we spoke for a bit and I said “Jack I want to get to see you soon”. He replied, “I would really love for that to happen, that would be good.” He paused for a moment and said, “Danny, I am not well”, (Of course I knew that) he continued, “I have a hard time remembering things, I don’t feel well,” and he stopped himself in Jack fashion and said, “yes I would like to see you, I look forward to it.”

Jack gave me permission to reach out and teach people in recovery the principles of living a happy life, goal directed life, a life that was in congruence with the laws of the universe. We shared a common mentor, Earl Nightingale.  Before I met Jack I felt I would be shunned by the recovery naysayers, and they did and still do at times. Every time I spoke to Jack he asked me if I was still in the field and when I affirmed it he would say, “good, that is great, that makes me happy!”  If you knew Jack you have heard him say, “Life is meant to be enjoyed and not endured.”  He believed in life and he did not fear death.  He believed that when you have completed the cycle of life you leave and when you leave, you leave a bunch of good and joy with it.

The world lost a great man 6 days ago, I lost a friend, a cheerleader, and a guide. When I hung up for the last time, I said Jack I look forward to seeing you soon, I love you, he responded, “me too, Dan, me too…”

Life is good.

Dan 🙂

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william hay June 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Dear Dan, I am very sad to hear Jack passed away, his spirit is alive and well within Gods light and he left behind an incredible gift, you! He has passed the torch onto you my friend and if I may please say this, you are my Jack!

For all those. Who may read this comment, I would like to share the following:

Dear Dan,
I am so grateful for your immediate response in doing service to save another life, my sister in law. This is my opinion only, however, after years of being involved in recovery, I have experienced dealing with the MSW’s and other professionals who are in recovery themselves. Many of these professionals forget from whence they came, and I witnessed time and time again where they stopped going to meetings and their recovery was from 9 to 5.

You are a great example in doing exactly the opposite. It speaks of humility, and you most definitely keep it green within your own personnel recovery.

Today when I called, I was calling a friend in AA. A friend who always finds the time to reach out in doing service after 5 LOL. An example for me to follow and one that brings love into my heart and inspires all to follow in your foot steps.

You are the best!!! Dan the Big Irish Man, to be sober can be so exciting and fun. As a friend, and how you lead by example, always clears whatever clouds might be floating around my head. I smile as your love comes my way, the clouds disappear and here comes the Sun!


William. God Bless You

Daniel July 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

Thank you for the kind words Will! I appreciate it..

Love ya too!

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