If I want more out of life, I have learned I must put more into life. Living life to the fullest, relishing success and working through adversity, have taught me to see God in all things. Seeking out the small, pleasurable moments; appreciating the tiniest gift that God gives me each day; and realizing that God created us because he thought we would enjoy life: these have opened my eyes to the magis.
I find joyful moments are abundant in nature, through interactions with my peers, and via experiences in my workplace. Sharing in the joy when someone else is successful is something that brings me happiness. Genuine friendship, truly caring about other people, supporting them when they are downhearted, sick or lonely brings with it an inner satisfaction. God made us to be compassionate, to listen to others and to learn from their experiences in an attempt to develop a greater understanding of their perspectives.
In order to live the magis, a personal magnanimity, I believe it is important to communicate, listen and learn from other people’s experiences. Often times during our Board of Regents meetings we brainstorm in hopes of utilizing others’ experiences to arrive at the wisest and most just course of action. As a member of the Board of Regents at Canisius, I have been fortunate to develop my skills through thoughtful and faith-filled decision-making.
Ignatius urged us to put our good ideas into action. I live my life by taking action with an open heart to the larger world.