Define life with more worthwhile moments

My boy just died. His name was Jonathan Phillips, J.P. for short. He was from Miami. He lived a few doors down from me when I lived in Shaker Heights. He was killed in an accident in Miami Oct. 27.

Life is short, people. All you really have is this present moment.

Brothers and sisters, I ask from my soul to yours: What are you doing with your life? Look at the things you give your energy and focus to. These are the things that you worship. Period.

People concern themselves with acquiring such fleeting things as money, fame, sexual satisfaction, and so on. These have become our gods, and they are as unfulfilling as grasping for a hologram.

For some reason, you just can’t seem to tell people this and make them listen. They’ve got to learn on their own, despite blaring warnings. If you aren’t fulfilled without these things, watch how quickly they dissolve when you finally obtain them.

In order to put things in perspective, treat everything you desire as if you already have it. Then, you will understand the reality of what you want. The truth is that, at this moment, God has given you everything you need already.

Who are we to want more than what God already knows we deserve? If you don’t already have it, you haven’t earned it.

J.P.’s death showed me how to appreciate what I’ve got before I go asking for more. Why want, when with God I have everything already?

Times like these make a man examine the things he puts into other people’s lives. If you vainly pride yourself on being a destroyer, don’t cry when destruction visits your doorstep.

Your karma is the mirror of your actions. If you are a person who genuinely puts love into other people’s lives, never lose another minute of sleep over worry.

There is nothing to fear, since the things we fear either punish us for our wrongdoings, or teach us new things. I have resolved to live my life as fulfilling as possible.

Why not?

I deserve it, and so do you.

Theo Wilson, 21, is a senior theater student from Denver. He can be reached at