Bob Goff, for those of you who may not know, is quite possibly the most interesting man on the planet. He has a heart overflowing with compassion and has impacted the lives of thousands, if not millions of people. His book, Love Does, attacks the notion of what it means to live out love on a daily basis. I say “attack” and not “address” because Bob doesn’t address anything…he attacks each moment with a ferocity that screams “JOIN ME ON THIS ADVENTURE!!!”
The world needs more people like Bob.
For a long time, I was one of those people who would hear about Bob’s adventures…his spur of the moment, drop everything and travel halfway around the world exploits…and wish I could do that. “I wish I had his money.” “I wish I could just drop everything and go start a foundation that helps millions.” “I wish, I wish, I wish.”
Truth is – I’ll never have the resources that Goff does. I’ll never have his influence. I’ll never, I’ll never, I’ll never.
Truth is – Most of you reading this won’t either.
Kinda wished I hadn’t woke up the blog, right? Fortunately, this is only part 1 of the story.
I’m intentionally writing about someone else after a 6 month absence from the blog because, just today, I heard a quote from Bob that has impacted me more than anything I’ve heard in a long time.
Make time for the ones who will be around your deathbed.
Chew on that one for a moment. Actually, put down your phone, tablet, close the computer and go make time right now. This little musing can wait…
You see – just this week my wife and I made a new pact that we would make more time for those that matter most to us. We agreed to cyber-blackout hours…the phones are muted and the computers are off. Thereby giving our full attention to those 4 crazy little ones in the few hours we have with them before they go to bed.
[I would insert a cheap joke about the 4 gray hairs I saw in the mirror this morning, but let's face it, there are WAY more than 4]
It’s as simple as that. The ones that who will be around our deathbed are the ones who matter most in our life.
As much as I enjoy reading my Twitter feed, as much as I enjoy keeping up with my favorite sports, as much as I enjoy listening to my favorite music – there is NOTHING I enjoy more than the 4 little ones that call me “Daddy” and the woman with who I get to spend the rest of my life.
They are the ones who I want with me when my time is up…they are the ones who are worth my undivided time. They are my rosebud.
This is what Bob Goff would say that Love Does. Taking each day, each moment, and making it matter for a lifetime. Instead of sitting and wishing, love gets up and does…or at this point in my life, it puts the gadget down and plays. Make moments that matter. Live Intentionally.
I Live This. I Love This.
p.s. That’s really Bob’s phone number in the back of the book too. Call him sometime!