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Laughter IS the best medicine

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.

About the author

Leah Carey

Leah Carey is the Chief Miracle Officer of The Miracle Journal, where she writes about the large and small miracles that happen in her life every day. She is a life coach, speaker, journalist, freelance writer, and lover of life. In all of those pursuits, she works with people to identify what’s already right in your life so you can build an even more joyful and fulfilling daily experience from that foundation. You can find her on Facebook, , Twitter, and YouTube.

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  1. Sheila

    I guess when miracles bring tears to your eyes, that’s a good thing! I found this miracle particularly heart-warming since I learned yesterday that a high school classmate of mine died of cancer. Just six weeks ago she was posting photos of herself and her hubby out on their boat. She was smiling and full of life so her sudden death has been startling to many of us. It makes me want to ensure that my children are independent, optimistic and as happy as possible — just in case something were to suddenly happen to me…
    Sheila recently posted at their blog…Live the dream — keep your eye on the prize!

    1. Leah Carey

      Definitely a good thing, Sheila! 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear about your friend and sending you love.

  2. Denise Wolf

    What a wonderful story and obviously what a wonderful woman.
    What a gift they gave each other.
    Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story.

    1. Leah Carey

      Thanks Denise! It’s wonderful to have you here, as always. 🙂

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