Bryan Crum worked as a hospice chaplain and now shares lessons learned on how to have a life well-lived

A Life Well Lived: Lessons Learned From Hospice Chaplain Bryan Crum – BtR 312

Bryan Crum worked as a hospice chaplain and shares lessons learned on how we are already equipped to have a life well lived.

Bryan Crum worked as a hospice chaplain and now shares lessons learned on how to have a life well-lived

Inspiration for a Life Well Lived

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bryan Crum knows a thing or two about living a life well lived. As a hospice chaplain, he’s met many people at the end of their lives and seen what matters most to them.

What he’s learned is that it’s never too late to live a life without regrets. And that the best way to do that is to make the most of what you have with what you have today.

So take inspiration from Bryan’s story and insights to start living your life to the fullest, a life with meaning. You won’t regret it.

You Have What You Need to Succeed Right Now

You may not feel like you have what it takes to succeed or are not equipped for the life you want, but the truth is, you do. You have everything you need right now to achieve your goals.

Maybe you don’t have all the experience you want. But you have the willingness to learn and the determination to succeed.

Maybe you don’t have all the skills you need. But you have the ability to acquire new skills and the willingness to put in the work.

Maybe you feel that you don’t have all the resources you need. But you have the resourcefulness to find what you need and the creativity to make use of what you have.

You may not feel like you have what it takes, but trust me, you do. You have everything you need right now to achieve your goals. So go out there and make it happen!

How to Live a Good Life: Tips for a Well Lived Life

It’s not easy to live a good life. But it is possible. If you want a life well lived, there are certain things you can do to make it happen. Here are some tips:

1. Be honest with yourself.

The first step to living a good life is being honest with yourself. You need to know who you are and what you want out of life. Once you know this, you can start making choices that will lead you to the life you want.

2. Set goals.

If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t get there. A life well lived benefits from being goal-driven or at least having a vision of where you are going. So, it’s important to set goals. Figure out what you want to achieve and then make a plan to make it happen.

3. Live in the present.

It’s easy to get caught up in the past or worry about the future. But if you want to live a good life, you need to focus on the present. Enjoy the moment and make the most of every day.

4. Be kind to others.

One of the best ways to live a good life is to be kind to others. Showing compassion and caring for others will make you a better person and make the world a better place.

5. Be positive.

Negativity will only hold you back in life. So, it’s important to stay positive and look on the bright side. When you’re positive, good things will happen.

6. Do your best.

You won’t always succeed, but it’s important to do your best. If you strive to do your best, you’ll be proud of yourself and you’ll achieve more than you thought possible.

7. Be grateful.

Gratitude is one of the most important things in life. When you’re grateful for what you have, you’ll be happier and more content. Make sure to take time each day to appreciate the good things in your life.

8. Live life with no regrets.

One of the worst things you can do is live with regret. If you make a mistake, learn from it and move on. Don’t let regret hold you back from living a good life.

9. Enjoy the journey.

Life is a journey, not a destination. So, don’t focus on the end goal. Enjoy the ride and make sure to savor every moment.

10. Be yourself.

You need to be true to yourself if you want to live a good life. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Embrace your quirks and learn to love yourself just the way you are.

These are just a few tips for living a good life. But, ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what a well lived life means to you. So, don’t wait – start living your best life today!

In This Episode

  • Life lessons while working as a hospice chaplain
  • What are the pieces of equipment within us to be aware of: spark plugs, adapters, 
  • Positive statements versus “I’m not” statements
  • Removing the “nots” in our lives
  • We can shoulder problems together – life is not a solo act
  • We had what we need right now to get to the next level
  • Multiply with what you have
  • What to get out of reading Eden Equipment

Bryan Crum

Bryan Crum worked as a hospice chaplain who now helps people see they are equipped to have a life well lived.
Bryan Crum is a speaker, author, and healthcare administrator whose past work as a hospice chaplain has shaped his message about having a life well lived with the spiritual equipment you have now.

Working for years as a hospice chaplain, Bryan has helped thousands of people understand the value of their life stories. He’s a published author and the President of Boomerang Ministries, a nonprofit designed to keep ministers in ministry.

Bryan currently works full-time as a director in a hospital system in Akron and he lives in Sunbury, Ohio with his wife Maggie and daughter Casey. 

An entertaining storyteller who provides the audience with funny, moving, and motivating stories, Bryan has a passion for shining a light on the real and true story our creator has written within us all.

In his debut as a Christian author, the upcoming Eden Equipment has Bryan collaborating with New York Times best-selling author Bob Goff as well Kimberly Stuart, author of the best-selling novel Sugar.

Resources and Links

Text “Bryan” 66866 for resources from Bryan Crum, his newsletter, and more

You can also visit Bryan’s websites: for information on speaking engagements, books, and more

Boomerang Ministry helps ministers and pastors in need of support

Listen to past episodes about how to have a life well lived:

How to Live a Fulfilling Life Beyond the Rut – BtR 268

Ron Worley Intentional Living from Ditches to Riches – BtR 264

If You Only Have Five Years to Live – BtR 045

Episode Credits

Host, Editing, and Production: Jerry Dugan

Music: “Oceans Apart” is our theme song composed and performed by Scott Ian Holmes.