It’s such a sad time for all of us, I know you’re feeling all these feels with me, and that comforts me. Found something today to bring some vitality to all our griefs. It would make a nice meme to post to our community too.
“Earth laughs in flowers. “ -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m looking for flowers, because laughter, even in grief, is good medicine. I remember Jim’s smile, and his laugh.
We all experienced this truth – Jim was a singularly incredible and simultaneously quite human being. And I am certain he will live on as a legend amongst us and beyond us. I intend to do my part to make real that certainty. His impact was larger than life.
Like many of our friends and colleagues, and like you, I can attribute so much good in my life and the good that has come through my life to knowing Jim. He handed me my diploma. He gave me my speaking career. He believed In me and trusted me and encouraged me. I can see his face, hear his voice, recall his wisdom, remember his great vision. But the hard part for me is knowing that while his voice and vision can still be with us through the legacy of service and creation that he left behind, he is gone and we are unlikely to know anyone of such caliber again in our lifetime. Though I’m sure he did not believe he was done with his work, as my wife puts it, everyone dies at the perfect time. Passing while sleeping is a graceful exit.
Grief is about saying goodbye to what can never be. The flood of memories is helping some, but I’m not done talking with him, I still need some closure before I can fully let him go. Writing helps. Talking helps. Loving and supporting each other helps.
I love you! and send you thoughts of gratitude, solace and peace. I’m sorry to be away at this time, but so it is. If you need or want to talk, my phone and email work here in Mexico, so do not hesitate if I can be of service to your heart in this moment of heartbreak.
I’m looking for flowers.
Rick Kirschner, ND, VNMI