With Many Thanks
“Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.” Theodore Roosevelt
Last week I went to a friend’s celebration of life. A number of people spoke about the impact my friend had had on their lives. Each eloquent speech reiterated who he was—inclusive, loving, funny, sometimes crass and always genuinely interested in the other person’s point of view. And in the male dominated work I was doing back then, my friend and colleague treated me like an equal and that wasn’t always the case with others. But that’s another story.
His daughter also spoke. Her memories of her father were summed up in what she said he used to tell her, “If someone asks you for anything and you can give it, give it freely.”