I am coming off a fabulous, purpose filled and transformational red carpet event at our nation’s capital (you can see my event page or social media pages for more information). I have successfully made the switch to working smarter not harder even though the intensity level is heightened! After waking up to news of the death of Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s oldest son, I am even more appreciative of my D.C. event experience.
Joseph “Beau” Biden was truly a survivor as demonstrated soon after birth. At two years old he survived a car accident that took the lives of his mother and one year old sister. His life was quoted as one of service: as a young lawyer, working to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo; as an Iraq War veteran who was awarded the Bronze star; and as Delaware’s Attorney General who made it his mission to protect children from abuse. Beau was said to be considering a running for governor of Delaware.
He valiantly continued his service through his health battles: in 2010 he suffered a stroke; in 2013 he was diagnosed with brain cancer after seeking treatment due to his feeling disoriented and weak while on vacation. (Side note: routine health screenings, follow-ups and going to the doctor when anything seems unusual is important.) Beau underwent surgery and was given a clean bill of health. When the cancer returned this spring 2015, Biden aggressively pursued treatment up to his death where he was surrounded by his extended family.
Time is promised to no man as demonstrated by his age—Beau Biden was only 46 years old. What we should take away from his example is the importance of living a life of purpose and service. Once you discover your divine purpose, let nothing stop or hinder you from fulfilling it! Learn what things you need to let go of, align yourself with those who are like minded and willing to serve with you on the battlefield and work expeditiously as if time was running out. Time waits for no man or woman and no day is promised:
I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work.
—John 9:4, KJV
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--Alesha Brown, The Joy Guru
Author of Sometimes all you have is Happy (available on Createspace, Amazon and Kindle)