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Make your time count for something

When I was a kid, I thought people over thirty were old.  Now as I am an adult, I fear dying before I can get to all the things on my big "get to it" list.
 
I heard yesterday on the passing of former child star Gary Coleman.  He was an actor on the TV sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and lived until the young age of 42.
 
It doesn't seem so long ago when I watched Mr. Coleman on TV.  I was a bit envious about his fame (when I was younger) but didn't know about his lifelong battle with health issues.  I suppose life makes you take the bitter with the sweet no matter what your station in life.
 
I am older than the late Mr. Coleman.  I am happy that I have been able to start and maintain a business of my own.  If my time on this earth ended suddenly, I could pass happy in the knowledge that I realized one of my biggest life goals (self employment).
 
I hope each of you gets the opportunity to be an entrepreneur once in your life.  Although I believe it's more demanding than working as an employee for someone else, I feel it's rewarding on so many levels.
 
Regardless of whether you remain an employee or business owner, I encourage you make your time on this earth count for something.  One way to do that is to volunteer.  There are number of wonderful organizations to join where you can serve and plant the seeds for your own legacy to take root and grow.
 
Rest in peace Mr. Coleman.  For me, you left your mark on this earth entertaining and bringing a smile to many on this earth an episode at a time.  I pray that you led a life fulfilled and will experience joy in Heaven.
 
I am a CPA in San Antonio and serve individuals and small businesses in San Antonio and surrounding areas.

Richard J. Garcia | 05/29/2010