Lessons from a Beautiful Life


I awoke to sad news yesterday.  A family dear to me was caring for the Father of the family as he neared the end of his life.   Mr H passed away yesterday at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, in his beautiful home, surrounded by his beloved family.

He was an epic man… a self-made, successful man who never stopped tackling new projects and trying new things.  Impressively, he always exuded an air of calm that was extraordinary given his busy life – running his own business and raising a much loved family with four children.

I met Mr H and his clan only a few months after my own Father had passed away.  So many of my teenage lessons were learned at their happy kitchen table…

A Few Things I Learned From Mr H:

  1. Seek the opportunity that no one else is pursuing – then master it.
  2. There is no division between home and work.  There is only life – work comes home and kids come to work.
  3. Take time to nurture and enjoy beauty.
  4. Leave places better than you found them.
  5. If your daughter’s teenaged friend accidentally puts a round dent in your Suburban with her derriere, forgive her and be too polite to laugh to her face.
  6. Put the extra effort in to live life with a certain flair.
  7. It’s never too late to learn something new.
  8. Family is Everything.

Thank you to the H clan for including me in so many of the important moments of their family life.  It’s an honour.  My thoughts are with you now, and I share your sadness tonight.

Much love,


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