One for Mei

On May 25, 2005, in news, by

To Mei:

I never knew you, only knew of your Dad via emails and postings on an MVP listserve, but I want to thank you.   You’ve reminded me that life is precious and in this fast paced world we live in, we shouldn’t be in such a hurry.  We should slow down and savor things. 

On the door to my office is a plaque.  It reads:

Today……. mend a quarrel, call a friend, send a note, give a hug, wear a smile, laugh a little, enjoy the day.

Mei, you had just a few “Todays”.  And right now the only way that I can cope with that fact is the knowledge, the blind faith that <insert cosmic higher being of your choice> knew that your family was strong enough, that you were special enough to be needed to teach us all a lesson.

Slow down.

Hug more.

Reach out.

People matter.

Mei’s Grandmother runs a free children’s clinic in Guatemala and I think you were also sent to remind us to look out for others as well.  A lot more than we do now.

Carl Sagen had a comment once on the folly of human nature, “To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known. “

Thank you Mei, thank your family, and help them see that you were sent to teach us the same lesson….to be more patient, more loving, more caring with our fellow mankind out here in this world.  Things don’t matter….but people do.

Thank you Mei for your Todays that you gave us.  And thank you for your lesson.  


3 Responses to One for Mei

  1. Thanks Susan. That was really beautiful.

  2. Thank you, this is such a special letter, and so very true. Thank you so much for the letter.

  3. Ralph says:

    After reading this and Michael’s blog, I think I will pack up my stuff early today and go play with my wife and kids.