A few months ago I felt like I was mentally and emotionally taking life for granted. The events and people in my life were still important to me but the outward expression of my gratitude was not on display. I decided to put more effort into letting those around me know how much I cared about them. I thoughtfully began expressing love to those around me more often by calling, texting, or simply by showing up and being there. My personal life transferred over to my work life and I began approaching my work life differently as well. I strove to make sure that my coworkers knew that I appreciated them and their hard work and dedication to whatever we were working on at the time. I began to let my clients know that I appreciated them and the work, energy, and excitement that they brought to our company. I expressed my gratitude to them and they in turn expressed their gratitude towards our company. The outward expression of my sincere love and appreciation in these small areas began to allow me to see life in a new light.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago during a series we are studying at my church entitled “Now or Never.” My pastor asks this question: “If someone informed you that you only have a certain amount of days left in your life how would you spend them?” My brain immediately thought about what I’ve recently learned from my path to be more outspoken in my gracious and thankful outlook and how I need to continue to live this way. I thought about what I can do better. There is always room for improvement. Who do I need to show love to? There is always someone around me I can love and encourage. Is it my wife? My family and friends? My coworkers? My clients? Where do I need to show more passion? If I am honest, I think it’s all of those areas. In my opinion, to leave a true legacy you must be passionate, gracious, and thankful in all facets of life, not just select areas. It’s a daily challenge to live each area of your life like there is no tomorrow. For me, I strongly believe that relationships will matter most to me at the end of my life. Strong, meaningful relationships with friends, family, and coworkers but also everyday people I come in contact with throughout my journey. I want people to know and remember me as a loving person who cared deeply for life and for those around me. I want people to remember me as someone who displayed sincere gratitude in ALL facets life.

I don’t claim to have it all figured out, it’s still a daily struggle, but I know that if I do the best I can it’s still better than living life half-heartedly. What are you going to do today to make life better for you, your family, your job, and those around you?