Life is Fragile and Precious .... A Tribute to Dick.



I just received the news from my wife that an old friend is in hospice and is dying of cancer. I have not known him for very long; I think just over a year.  It should have come with really no surprise. After all he is 84-years-old, and he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after I met him. 

Still, I was overcome with a flurry of emotions.  Sadness came first, of course,  then warmth. I was glad to have known him the short time that I did.  He was a man that truly lived in the moment and had a sincere warmth I have rarely experienced from another human being.

Suzuki Roshi once said how lucky we are that life is impermanent. It makes it more special.  Finally I felt gratefulness followed quickly by determination.  I will not waste my life.

Thank you Dick.



2 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your friend's illness.

    Regardless of the length of time you've known him, he has clearly given you many gifts. It's a wonderful tribute to him that you've recognized and accepted those gifts.

    I wish you peace in your heart.

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  2. Thank you. Great people can inspire even through death.

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