I have a question for you, why do you do what you do and where is it taking you?
This question reminds me of a story I heard about two men named Tito and Billy who lived a very happy and successful life.
As their time was coming to an end, they moved into a nursing home so they could be taken care of.
Tito and Billy lived in separate rooms, but they hung out every day in the common area. They didn’t know each other prior to this, but they became best friends quickly.
Every day they were laughing, sharing stories and talking about life. Billy loved being around Tito so much that he asked the nurse if he could move his bed into Tito’s room.
The nurse said sure and moved Billy’s bed into Tito’s room.
Tito had the bed by the window and Billy was on the other side of the room. Every day the nurse would come into their room and feed them dinner. After they ate, Billy would ask Tito, “When you get the strength to lift yourself up out of your bed do you mind looking out the window and telling me what you see. It would really help me cope with my situation and it would mean a lot to me.”
Tito responded with enthusiasm, “Of course!”
He lifted himself up to look out the window and said, “I see a beautiful skyline and sunset. Beautiful mountains. Beautiful clouds. Beautiful families with their kids playing at the park. Beautiful couples holding hands…”
Billy was in awe and thanked Tito for the detailed response, “Wow! That sounds amazing. Thank you Tito. That really helped me with my situation. It means a lot to me.”
After a few days of Tito sharing how beautiful this view was, the nurse came into their room one morning explaining to Billy that Tito didn’t wake up. Billy was devastated.
He asked the nurse to do him a favor, “Hey nurse, when you get a chance, do you think you could move my bed to the window so I can see what Tito saw?”
She moved his bed over to the window and served him dinner. After Billy ate his dinner, he gathered up the strength to lift himself up to look out the window. To his surprise, the only thing he saw was a huge brick wall.
Billy was confused and yelled, “NURSE! NURSE! Come here quick!”
The nurse ran over asking, “What’s wrong Billy?”
“Why is there a brick wall here? Tito used to tell me about this beautiful view of mountains and clouds in the skyline, this beautiful sunset. Families and kids playing at the park. Beautiful couples holding hands. Can you please remove this brick wall so I can see what Tito saw.”
“Billy, you didn't know?”
“You really didn’t know?”
“No, know what?”
“Tito was blind…”
The nurse explained, “Yes. He couldn’t have seen that even if he wanted to. You didn’t know that every day he did that so he could bring you joy? Every day he did that so he could bring you peace. Every day he did that to serve as a blessing to help you get through your situation...”
Tito was a blind man that was about to die himself and would gather the strength to look outside this window and paint a picture of a vision that wasn’t even there, simply because he wanted to serve a greater purpose to his friend.
So my question to you is this: Why do you do what you do and where is it taking you?
How are you navigating this journey of life with the decisions and choices that you make?
Because at the end of the day there are only two things that really matter in life, and it’s not about having the biggest house, the nicest car or the biggest bank account...there are only two things that really matter...
Who you become in life and what you give back to life.
I don’t know about you, but every day I wake up blessed and grateful to be alive.
Today is another opportunity to make the most out of this life and I’m going to give it my best effort to become the greatest person I can be, so I can have the greatest impact of inspiring others to live their dreams.
I hope you live today, tomorrow, and the rest of your life with gratitude, purpose, and clarity on who you want to be and what you want to contribute in life.
Epilogue: Even when we’re going through difficult times, there’s tremendous happiness in making others happy. If you want to feel rich in life, count all the things you have that money can’t buy. “Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.”