Appreciating life, differences in our paths, and the length of them, on a day that wasn’t going so well for me caused me to write this. I was hesitant to publish this … so I held back a few days. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it makes me sad – not just that two people died. One of a heart attack. The other, I’m guessing, of a broken heart. There is more I’m feeling about this – not sure I can dig it out fully, but one has to wonder how we will be remembered when we are gone, how those we’ve touched might feel and be reminded that we all mean more to the world and to others than we think we do.
Could be anyone with any name …
We all have people who come, and then go, in our lives – probably not thinking much about many of them very deeply or very often. That is, until they are gone.
Why were these two obituaries – Sid and Harvey – on my mind on the same day?
Reminder, appreciation, warning, remembrance?
All of those.
Sid, from Calgary – competitor I crossed paths with a few times – was 50, left a wife and three sons. I didn’t know him more than to say “hi Sid”.
Harvey, about 87 from Montreal. His wife of 63 years died a year ago. He left many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His best friend, business partner Leo died a couple of years ago. Harvey and Leo, clients of mine, from long ago. They both had a great impact on me – taught me lots and showed themselves to be extraordinary humans.
I barely knew Sid, and while I knew Harvey quite well, we’d not been in touch much in recent years. Last time I talked with him was when I learned Leo had died.
It doesn’t have to be a family member, close friend or casual acquaintance – loss is loss.