Be Here Tao: #9 – The Treasure of Time

The date was September 18, 1988. We both knew our meeting would be our last and that we would never see each other again. His time had, indeed, come to an end. I was called in as a minister to help Brian through his transition process. Brian as a beautiful, young 33-year old man. For two months prior, we had met weekly. We had chatted, prayed, cried and mostly laughed. People die the way they live their life; and Brian was dying a peaceful, kind man with wisdom much beyond his years.

On our last day together, I stayed an extra hour. I simply did not want to leave. As I said my final good-bye, put on my coat and hugged him one last time, I asked him if there was anything I could for him. He assured me there wasn’t.

As I walked to the door, he called me back in. He took my hand and asked, “Is there anything I can do for you?” “My goodness, Brian,” I exclaimed. “No one on their death bed has ever asked me that. Well, there is something you could for me. After you rest awhile in the Spirit World, will you come find me and be one of my angels?”

He rolled his eyes back and with a big sigh and a twinkle in his eye, he said, “Ah Geez, Jody. You are always so active that you exhaust even your angels. I’m not sure I want to the busy!” He squeezed my hand and assured me he would come find me and be one of my angels.

We chatted a bit more, He asked me to share with the world that at the end of the day, and especially at the end of a person’s life, the only regret one can have is to have lived a life from a powerless, victim perspective. “Time is more precious than people know. People are more powerful than they can imagine. Please let everyone know that.”

He began to drift off to sleep. I held his hand and said a final prayer for this sweet angel, whose life had been cut short but whose wisdom had entered my heart and influence me forever.

Brian’s message to all of us is to find the courage inside, step out of our comfort zone and go for the gold we can only experience as we say yes to the call of our Destiny.


I used to have a Comfort Zone
Where I knew I couldn’t fail.
The same four walls of busy work,
were really more like jail.

I longed so much to do the things
I’d never done before,
But I stayed inside my Comfort Zone,
And paced the same old floor.

I claimed to be so busy,
With the things inside my zone.
But deep inside I longed for
something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by,
Just watching others win.
I held my breath and stepped outside
To let the change begin.

I took a step and with new strength
I’d never felt before,
I kissed my Comfort Zone “good-bye”
And closed the and locked the door.

If you are in a Comfort Zone,
Afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were
At one time filled with doubt.

A step or two and words of praise,
Can make your dreams come true.
Greet your future with a smile,
Success is there for you!


This week, make a note of how precious your life and time are. Are you hanging out in your comfort zone or are you courageously saying yes to your Destiny? The most powerful thing you and I can do is live in gratitude. What are you grateful for…and where can you improve on your gratitude. Please explore our site and check out our offerings.

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