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Back in November I traveled to California to perform in a magic show in support of my friend, Michael Mirth. We had met just a few years earlier at the Magic & Meaning Conference in Las Vegas. I was a newcomer to the conference and Michael is the kind of man who is instantly welcoming of others. Because of his kindness we became instant friends. Such a generous man, and a phenomenal magician!
Recently Michael was diagnosed with bone cancer and as a way of raising funds for his treatments and living expenses, he asked some of his magician friends to perform in an ensemble show in La Verne, CA. When he asked me to be a part of this, I answered with a resounding YES.
There were some who questioned why I would pay my way across the country to perform for a benefit, when I could have just as easily sent the money to show my support, but I wasn't interested in just providing money. Sure, that was the excuse for being there, but just sending money would have robbed me of the opportunity to show Michael just how much I value him and our friendship.
It's been said that you have two purposes in this life. The first is who you are and the second is what you do with who you are. In other words, regardless of the circumstances, when you focus on the character that you express in the process of pursuing your outcomes, you can experience moments that reveal that you are exactly where you need to be.
In in the case of helping Michael, I was interested in expressing the values of friendship, love, and service, and the good news is that there are many ways to express these things, and I feel especially blessed that I was put in a position where I could use my natural talents for performing and magic to express my primary purpose.
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Jonas Cain is an educator, facilitator, and coach, working to engage, empower, and encourage leaders and the people they serve to experience joy.