One year ago today, my fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc) celebrated our 100 year anniversary. Several events were planned and I had intentions of being a part of them. I had a doctor’s appointment that day to figure out why I had a persistent cough and lack of energy. In my mind, this was a 1-2 hour appointment. Unfortunately, I was admitted, then transported to the Main Hospital as a Congestive Heart Failure Patient. I did not have a family nor personal history of heart failure, therefore the Doctor’s believe I attracted an Upper Respiratory Infection.
Today, I am a full bill of health. My heart is as strong as before, my energy level is normal, and I am back to playing sports. This reality check forced me to change my perspective on life:
1. Enjoy Life: Don’t let life pass you by to the point in which you are not having fun.
2. Do something that you enjoy doing: It can be cooking, traveling, reading, playing sports, etc. Just do something that brings you pleasure every day. For me, its sports and any means that I can help another person (including writing this blog.)
3. Don’t wait for tomorrow what you can DO today (Don’t wait for tomorrow for what you can SAY today): I had every intention of leaving that doctor’s office that day, but I stayed in the hospital for a total of 5 days. Don’t take for granted that you have one more day to tell someone you appreciate them, you love them, you respect them.
As I celebrate 101 years of my Fraternity today, I also celebrate my renewed sense of life.
Kontinue to Live. Kontinue to Inspire. Kontinue to Konker.
Chadwick Taylor is Author of KONKERER Leadership
He helps develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development