I recently came across the following quote: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill.
I pondered this for awhile as I thought about a group of people that I know who are living with chronic diseases and/or are working with those who have chronic diseases and I understood. For me, this explains why some people have taken the worst of their experiences and turned them into something that is helpful and beneficial, not for themselves, but for other people. The hearts and spirits of these people are limitless and they have a passion to search for answers for the future and to share their current knowledge to help others who are traveling their same paths.
“In the overall scheme of things, living a wonderful life is never going to be based upon how many things you acquire or how much money you amass or whether you have the fanciest of clothing and jewels.“Barbara Jacoby
We look to these people as our heroes. They are all living a life that is physically demanding while trying to take care of spouses and children and other family members but still are doing everything possible to use their personal experiences to let others know that they are not alone and that no doctor can ever place an expiration date on any of us. They have a determination to let others know that what you do and what you live is a choice and not a predetermined factor in life. They have the ability to let us see firsthand that you can do and be whatever you choose and that their lives are so enhanced because of their choices to teach and share and to work toward finding answers for others without the thought of when those answers might be found.
I also realized that there are lots of other people in this world who have adopted the same mindset. They have different struggles such as just feeding a family or providing for those who are sick or cannot do for themselves who are a part of their own families. They may be trying to survive under all sorts of extreme conditions and yet they make the choice to never give up. Each person who chooses to help another becomes a hero to the person that they are helping. You don’t have to move mountains or run the fastest race or be the first to make some sort of major accomplishment. All you need to do is open up your heart to others and give them the love and the caring and the respect that they deserve in order to enhance their lives and your own life.
In the overall scheme of things, living a wonderful life is never going to be based upon how many things you acquire or how much money you amass or whether you have the fanciest of clothing and jewels. All of those things will never give you the same sense of accomplishment or happiness or purpose as giving of yourself to help others. I know that my life has been changed forever in so many ways and on so many occasions by some very special people and it will never matter what I have in material possessions when I think about what these people have given to me. The very least that I can do is pay it forward and do so with all of the love and honor and respect and gratitude that I have received from those around me. And the most amazing thing is that the more I give, the more I receive in ways that I would never have been able to imagine as my list of very special people that begins with my husband, Kirk, continues to grow to a length that is just unbelievable to me.
Thank you to all of you who have made such a positive contribution to me and to my life in so many different ways. I hope that each of you is given a million times more so that you will understand for what I am so grateful and for the life that I have that knows true happiness. There is no life that is more wonderful on this earth than my very own and I wish you all the very same in your own lives.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.