I met an old former boss of mine over the weekend. Well, it was Saturday Afternoon that I ran into him and his wife. It has been many years now since I last saw him, and I was shocked at what I saw.
My former boss is just a shell of himself now. He used to be around 6’4’’ in height and weighed in around 230 pounds. Well large enough to be a running back on a pro-football team considering the size and weight he carried.
He was many years older than me when I worked under him in the networking field. I think he is about 64 now, but I’m only 52. It’s been about ten years now since those days and the last time I spoke with him was when he left for a better position with another company.
Seeing him for the first time in all those years that passed was an unbelievable sight for me. My former boss is in the sunset of his life as I write this. He was thin and frail when I met him again. One look in his eyes told me the story of it all.
They were red and his eyes were weary, as though they could say these words, “ I’m wore out, tired, and I want to go home.”
Some of you have probably seen that look in the older generation at the nursing homes or the hospitals, which I’m sure you’ve visited with your family members in them.
I talked to them for a few minutes and finally got them to agree to go get a meal at a restaurant. I told them it would be my treat because I wanted to talk and spend some time with them.
I found out that he had a bout with cancer, but it had gone away through treatment only to return once more upon him. I never realized just how devastating that it could be until this Saturday when I met my old boss once again.
He was a fragile image of someone few would bother to mess with in those days past. He told me these words, “There are a lot of things that I wished I could go back to change, but at the time I was too busy worried about making money! Now, I’m not able to do what I should have done, and I think about it more with each passing day.”
When he told me those words, I could only ponder what his meaning was but after some thought, I knew exactly what he was referring to. Too many people today are concerned with what they have and what more they can get!
He was telling me not to let greed take over the rest of my life and to get out there to help others. Are you helping others around you? Are you one of those that think only about what you can get tomorrow or the next day?
I had a wake-up call Saturday. What will it take to wake you up? A devastating disease that takes your life away and drains the fortune you built to stash aside or will it be something else?
I thought about those poor folks out in Oklahoma the past two weeks going through the tornados. Some of them left homeless, and some were lost forever in mere seconds. You never know during these times what will happen and when it might be your time. We all fail to realize how fragile life really is and how each of us needs to change.
If each and everyone of us just spent an hour or two out of each day to do good for someone else, can you imagine how much better things would be in this world? Think about what I wrote in this article, the next time you go to bed to sleep. Did you do anything good during your day to help another?
Just remember, You are only one heartbeat away from your own destiny!