Living with Purpose on Purpose

On Sunday I got the phone call I had been dreading for the past two weeks. At 7am my Dad called to tell me that my grandfather had passed away…

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know the feeling – expected or not, when you get that call, when you find out that someone who was living and breathing only hours earlier will never take another breath, it leaves you speechless.

I loved my grandpa. And the one thing I’ll always remember most about him was that he never (ever) raised his voice. He was one of the most care-free and relaxed individuals you’d ever meet. It wasn’t because he didn’t care, he just knew that there was more to life than stressing over every decision and worrying about every obstacle. Did he get the most out of life? It’s impossible to say, but we could all have taken a page out of his book when it came to simply taking a deep breath and relaxing a little more often.

Today’s message (in the video above) is simple. It’s about living a life of meaning, living life on purpose on purpose. If you’re the type that always shouts out “TGIF!” or dreads Monday’s, if you find yourself stumbling down a dead end road with a bad job or bad relationship – I urging you to take a step back, even if for just a moment, and reflect on where you are and where you want to be.

And if you’re not where you want to be, start thinking about how to get there. Today.

If you are happy and content – great – enjoy it, relish in it, take it all in and hold onto those things that fulfill you most.

Grandpa, this one’s for you. You and Grandma may have given the absolute worst Christmas gifts (Hint: 20 year old boy’s don’t play with stuffed animals) – and you may have traumatized me just a little by letting me watch Night of the Living Dead when I was 7, but more than anything, you loved me and everyone else around you. Think of today as a promotion, it’s your first day at a new job, a much better job than the one you had here, one with a corner office and a hot babe down the hall on the left.

You will always be loved and you will never be forgotten.

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9 Responses
  • Rachel Lawley Reply

    What a wonderful tribute to your grandpa and an excellent message. Thank you for sharing his story and what you learned from him in a time of grief.

  • Jill Felska Reply

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your grandfather, Matt. He left an amazing legacy in you.

  • Angela C. Reply

    This is an awesome, powerful message! I lost my mother-in-law almost a year ago and it was one of the hardest things I have ever dealt with. However, what’s come out of it is a renewed sense of purpose and gratitude about life. “Live each moment as if it’s your last” – takes on a whole new meaning when you’ve lost someone you love.

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Angela. I’m sorry to hear about your loss as well. It’s unfortunate that sometimes it takes events like this to help us realize just how precious life is and that every moment is a gift. I hesitate to say “life every moment as if it were your last” (just because it seems so…finite) but I do think every single minute is precious and that if you’re stuck in a rut or find yourself in a bad place, you owe it to yourself to get out of that situation. Today. Life’s too short to dread waking up every day.

  • Anonymous Reply

    First, my condolences to you and your family. It takes a brave and special person to go out and share your story and the messages that you learned so soon after. nnIt’s unfortunate that it’s always the traumatic events that force us to evaluate and think about what really matters in life. You nail it in this post. Life is so short. Everyone deserves to love Mondays, Fridays and all days in between, and especially like you mentioned, “live a life of meaning.”

    • Matt Cheuvront Reply

      Thank you, Jessica. And thank you for your message here – I agree 100%. Hope all is well with your new life in NYC (I should be there in October)…

      • Anonymous Reply

        Look forward to “hanging out in October.” Hopefully, you can make it out to NYC a bit sooner though.

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