2011 and me – Part 3

After Maurice’s passing, it all hardly seemed real. I continued to go to work, managing the company I had worked with Maurice in for the last 5 years as before. Of course, nothing was like before, my main source of satisfaction from my job I was to find, was no longer there. Maurice’s wife flew me to New Zealand to attend and speak at Maurice’s funeral. In reflection, I could not have been more grateful for this experience. I was made so welcome by family and friends, and I participated in a memorial walk on one of Maurice’s favourite mountain trails, something I will always remember. [Read more…]

2011 and me – Part 2


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I started crying upon hearing this, when he gently admonished me that he would need me to be strong through this process.  I stopped crying immediately, stunned that this calm voice on the phone from Sydney belonged to a man that had just been told that he was infected with a horrific, in all likelihood terminal illness.  The only positive to come out of this diagnosis is that they were finally able to sort out the excruciating pain that he had been suffering up to that point.  The pain management protocol started enabled him to initially live a life much closer to that he enjoyed before. [Read more…]

2011 and me – Part 1

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2011 for me was one of the most challenging periods of my life.  Unfortunately, during such periods I have a pattern of retreat rather than engagement, instinctively preferring solitude when I feel overwhelmed with the world and unable to contribute like I feel compelled to.  I have always had great dreams and ambitions of the contribution I can make in this world, and each year I seem to feel a building momentum towards some massive evolution in my path.  Living a purposeful existence is something I feel as paramount in my life’s journey, purpose something I have had fleeting glimpses of but not felt embraced by for any significant amount of time.  In reflection now I see one of my defining purposes of the last 5 years was to help a great mentor in my life on his final path of which we will all eventually walk.

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