Purpose of Life

by Daniel · 4 comments

“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…

Dan 🙂

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Mark Yarrobino April 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

Hey, Dan. You’re right, there’s probably nothing more important than making a positive impact on another person. Even just one other person. And there’s probably nothing more personally gratifying.

Which is why I’ve often recommended teaching as a positive career path for a lot of people. You can be a school teacher, of course, but you can teach in many other ways, as well. For example, I teach kung fu. You teach drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Those are just 2 examples. The list of ways that you can impact someone’s life is endless, and none of them are insignificant.

I’m glad Jack is feeling better. Here’s hoping we can all make as big an impact as he has.

Militza And Jay April 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Many thanks Mr. Give I am trying to read what you put, to translate it to understand it better and then it was sent to Jay so that read it conscientiously. Thanks by trying to illuminate our road. Thanks to you and to Diana, in it personnel they are like some Angels.

Keith Cline April 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Well said Dan. Jack has been an inspiration to me for many years. Even when he is ailing he manages to treasure life and to keep on giving. He’s not gone yet, and for me he never will be.

Susan Bradley April 10, 2010 at 9:27 pm

As I ponder often this week about my mother who passed on two years ago today, I am also thinking much about Jack. My mother, like Jack have been such inspirations in my life thru thick and thin no matter what. Few times in ones life does someone meet a serene person such as Jack whom has always had a kind word. He always has the time to talk to any person in their time of need. I can say with all my heart that I love Jack as he is such a bright, humorous, and most caring honest person who so often thinks of others first. Jack does not judge people, he accepts, listens and always has a kind word to say. I feel privileged to be your friend.
Love you Jack,you are so special to so many people.

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