Here’s a lovely miracle from comedian Jim Dailakis:
As a world traveling comedian, one of my finest miracles occurred when I was performing in Chicago two years ago. To me, being the catalyst for a roomful of happy people laughing collectively is a miracle in and of itself.
On this particular night, a woman was laughing hysterically. She would give me a standing ovation after every punchline. I didn’t say anything but I would look over at her and laugh. The audience was with me. She just kept applauding and had the loudest laugh you could ever hope to imagine. In some respects, I would even go as far as to say that it was annoying. Still, I didn’t say anything. Why should I? Isn’t it the job of a comedian to make people laugh?
At the end of the night, she came to see me. She took my hand and hugged me and then whispered in my ear, “I have stage IV cancer and you just gave me five years.”
I was very taken aback. I hugged her and said, “I believe you just gave me 10 years.”
We were talking about how important it is to live every day of your life and make every second count. She said it was really sad that people had to wait to be terminally ill before they did all the things they wanted. When you think about it, I told her, all of us are dying. Every birthday reminds us that we just spent another year on the planet.
Six months later, when Lynn passed away, her friends contacted me and asked me to do a comedy charity fundraising event in her honor and for the charity that she was a part of.
I flew back to Chicago and did it. 200 of her wonderful friends all showed up. This was on top of the 200 people that were already there. I dedicated the show to her.
It meant a lot to me and made me realize that I love what I do even more.
Today’s miracle: Your very presence in a room may be a miracle to someone you’ve never even met.
Jim has appeared on television shows on VH1, NBC CMT as well as commercials in the USA and around the world. He has worked with the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Larry the Cable Guy, Kevin Nealon, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and Weird Al Yankovic. You can find Jim online at www.comedianjim.com.