Point to Ponder
Aunt Eva is now
doing her gardening in Heaven. No doubt making it look even
better. She completed her journey in the early morning of Sept.
17th. Rest in Peace Aunt Eva.
I was fortunate to be
able to visit with her when I flew into BC to speak for the BC CEO
Network on the 13th. She was heavily sedated and opened her eyes
briefly on my second visit on the way back to the airport. I had the
chance to tell her again how much she meant to me and Irene and to
remind her that we loved her and would cherish her memory.
She was an amazing woman
who thought of others a lot. Imagine my surprise when we got a card
from her that she had her daughter create prior to her passing. A
card that included a favorite poem of hers and a brief handwritten
note. Her instructions to Brenda were to mail the cards after she
was gone. I cried and warned Irene that she would cry when she came
home. She did. We miss this beautiful soul who loved us and
encouraged us whenever we were lucky enough to either chat with her
in person or on the phone.
I thought it only fitting
to dedicate this month's ezine to this powerful influence in my
life. Her influence lives on in our lives and I hope in yours. It is
called the ripple effect and Aunt Eva proved it every day as she
loved people, simply loved them.
Here is the poem that Eva
loved and wanted to share with us...
To the Ones
I Love And Those Who Love Me
When I am gone, release
me, let me go...
I have so many things to
see and do
Please don't tie yourself
to me with tears
Be happy that we had
these precious years.
I gave you my love, you
can only guess
How much you gave me in
I thank you for the love
you each have shown
But now it's time I
travelled on alone.
So grieve for me if
grieve you must
Then let your grief be
comforted by trust.
It's only for awhile that
we must part
So bless the memories
within your heart.
I won't be far away, and
life goes on
So if you need me, call
me and I will come.
Though you won't see me
or touch me, I'll be there
And if you listen with
your heart, you'll hear
All my love around you
soft and clear.
And then, when you must
come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a
smile and say
Papyrus, the makers of
the blank card that Brenda used to create Eva's final words,
included a card which said, "Legends say
the hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love,
joy and celebration. The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us
that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection
has meaning and laughter is life's sweetest
creation." They must have known
So, next year when the
hummingbirds return to our garden, I will be reminded again of this
beautiful woman who was a gift in my life. We will remember you Aunt
September was a
productively busy month with lots of travel. My car now
knows the way to airport from Egremont by heart. Average time to the
Park and Fly by the airport is only 70 mins.
Tremendous time with my
fellow CAPS leaders at our annual leadership summit in Toronto. This
year we did our 3 year strategic plan with lots of input from
leaders across the country. I thought this was the best summit we've
had to date.
Flew home, slept and
repacked for a quick trip to BC to speak to the BC CEO Network and
share a few ideas with their members. On this trip to Harrison Hot
Springs I rented a car and was able to take a side trip back into
Surrey to visit Eva in the hospice. She was highly medicated to help
her with the extreme pain. I spent time with her both days I was in
BC. She passed peacefully the following Monday.
Got to stay home for a
whole week before flying off to London, ON to spend the day with my
colleagues at CAPS South Western Ontario. We invested the day
talking about how they too, could bring the books and other ideas
into reality to better serve their audiences. Had the chance on
Saturday evening to have dinner with my friend Doug Vincent and his
new wife Grace. Doug and I both spoke in Russia for Rotary
International a few years back. I hope to return next May
Took the train over to
Toronto to spend a day with my brilliant friend Michel Neray and his
family. Michel invited me to be one of the September speakers at his
new adventure. MoMondays - Motivational Mondays is held each
month with 7 or 8 speakers each given a brief 10 minute slot. Doing
10 mins was a challenge - to keep it short. It was so much fun and
the audience was truly amazing. 3 of us were CAPS members and either
serving or having served as Chapter Presidents. (I mention that as
my friend Helen Wilkie who is the current CAPS TO president
mentioned it, and the rest of us did touch backs to her comment.)
I also spoke to the
senior leadership for EPCOR (regional electrical company) at their
electrical services leadership summit.
Did the last cuts for the
season at all 3 places. Lawn mowers can now be put away. Checked the
snow blower for Irene's folks yesterday; just in case we need it.
Irene dug the remainder of the potatoes. So, just need to give the
garden a quick rototil and we are done for fall, other than putting
all the summer stuff away.
Still working on Irene's workspace. Hope to get at
the floor this week and then I can run an electical circuit (for
computers) and put in more lighting.
October will be a little
less hectic and I get to stay closer at home. Whew! We still have
lots of work to get both places (Egremont and Mundare) ready for
I have our CAPS Edmonton
AGM to prep for on the 13th (Agenda, reports, etc), and another
presentation on October 9th which can be viewed online. Registration is only
$20. Also have some writing projects to catch up on. I thought I
would have time last month but ended up putting them off until I
Irene has lots of meetings and a convention
this month as well. So,
we decided to not travel this week for our anniversary. Not sure yet
what we will do the celebrate. We'll let you know next month.
October 4th will be our
4th year as husband and wife. I am very blessed in having this
amazing woman in my life. She has done more than complete me, she
has made me better!
Asking Irene to marry me
was the best request I ever made. Having her say yes was the best
gift I could ever receive.
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