Make Life Count

What does it look like to make life count? Some things in life are hard but we do them anyway because that’s life and it goes quickly, and if we want to make life count then we have to show up and keep doing the next thing.

I attended a dinner a while back. It was a dinner in which alumnae were honored for various reasons and inducted for feats performed since the glory days of high school. I walked away from that dinner feeling satisfied from time well spent with family and friends; inspired by others’ stories; and I left with a thing or two to ponder about how to make life count.



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Make Life Count With A Terminally Ill Son

One of the women who was honored had a very touching story. She was the mother of a son who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at a very early age. He spent a lot of his 13 years in the hospital but he wanted to make a difference in the lives of other terminally ill children. He made it count.

Why do some people take devastating life situations and turn them into opportunities of hope for others? What makes someone decide to climb out of their despair and involve themselves in the pain of others? How do they decide, amid their own tragedy, to reach out and make whatever is happening in their own lives, worth something good on behalf of someone else?

Most don’t. It is usually all some people can do just to struggle through, much less emerge with such grace, peace, and a spirit of giving.

How do you make life count? I’m sure you have been through a thing or two in your life. Maybe not a child with a rare form of cancer who has spent most of their short life in a hospital, trying to help others in pain. It doesn’t matter really what you have encountered, and it’s pointless to compare it to the story of someone else. What matters is how do you make it count.

I suspect it has something to do with attitude, gratitude, and an ability to look beyond the temporary situations of this life and see the bigger picture.

Jim Rohn’s words echo in my mind as I muse along these lines. “It’s not what happens that determines your life future” he was known to say, “It’s what you do about what happens. We are all in life’s sailboat. It’s not the blowing of the wind that determines your destination, it’s the set of the sail. The same wind blows on us all. The difference of arrival is not the blowing of the wind, but the set of the sail”. How true, Jim Rohn.

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Making it count is a concept I strive to live by. I hope you do too.

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