Your Turn Challenge: Day 2: What’s Important

Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future, that he does not enjoy the present moment. As a result, he does not live in the present or the future, he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never truly lived —The Dalai Lama

Tell us about something that’s important to you.

Ultimately the most important thing to me is being happy. That comes from lots of things.

Participating in work that is meaningful and has impact to others; in my case in computer security. I love computers, I love knowing how they work, I love tinkering with them and making them do things. I hate when they make it harder for people to be what they want to be and do what they want to do because others take advantage of things we as builders can prevent. The internet has a huge potential to connect us, empower our creativity, and make things better. But only if we can trust it and know things we’re not ready to share won’t be taken from us.

Contributing back to my community by being an active member. Three organizations had a huge impact on my as a youth. The Boy Scouts, instilled in me to “help other people at all times” not just when it’s convenient for me. The Jesuits gave me faith that my gifts and status were things to be used to lift others up and not to look down on anyone, to be “A man for others”. And the Order of the Arrow showed me that service was the way “He who serves his brothers is of all his brothers best”. So I am active in my church where my children see me living what I say is important through service, not just on Sunday. I’m active in the Boy Scouts to give back to where I learned it, to give the next group the same foundation. And I offer my time to charities in my community to reach out a hand to help others up and not hold them down.

I just want to have a good life, with as little worry as possible surrounded by my loved ones and loving them back.

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