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The late Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin Roosevelt once said that “the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Her quote brought back memories of my parent’s phrases and quotes they used to inspire me to live life to the fullest with integrity and compassion for others.

“Enjoy life while you can” was a phrase I heard often.  As a youth, I never really grasped the real impact or meaning behind the phrase. Like all of our parents, they used teachable phrases in certain moments to express life messages to encourage or inspire a particular behavior.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said that only in the dark can you see stars. Sometimes it is only in our darkest moment when we discover the best in humanity. To this end, in one moment, on the night of October 1, 2017, the enjoyment of life ended for 58 individuals when one individual took their lives and his own in a mass shooting at a music concert. The thought came to me that life is so unpredictable and so temporary. It prompted me to comment to my wife that we must enjoy life while we can because we never know when it will be our last day on earth.

Bullets raining down upon 20,000 concert goers brought new profound meaning to the phrase said so often by my parents.  Enjoy life while you can. Life can have so many unexpected moments with twist and turns. There are those moments filled with joy such as becoming a parent or grandparent. There are joyful times we experience with coworkers celebrating birthdays, promotions, recognitions and hosts of other enjoyable moments. Likewise, there are moments of sadness and grief due to an unexpected loss of a love one or unexpected tragedy.

It’s been said that the secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. So, learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Lighten up and just enjoy life. Smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things. To enjoy good health and bring true happiness to your family and peace to all, you must discipline and control your own mind.

Remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” I encourage you to write this on your heart that every day is the best day in the year; then live in the present moment by launching yourself on every wave of that moment and then find your eternity in the stars that come out in the dark.

Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten