Be present and joyful – thanks to a dear friend

A dear friend passed away this week at age 52. Some friends who knew him gathered on Thursday night over dinner to remember the impact he had on our lives. We told stories and laughed about things he had said and the “larger than life” presence he inhabited. I know he would appreciate us coming together, especially because he seemed to create community wherever he went. He was a giving, loving and kind person. He was known to make a ruckus for a cause, and he didn’t shy away from sharing his opinion on politics.

He leaves behind three children in their 20’s and my heart aches for them right now. It also makes me realize I need to be present with my own family, and not to take for granted the time I have with them.

Randy, thanks for teaching us the value of being present and sharing joy with those around us. Your presence and spirit will stay strong among us and we are grateful for the way you walked (and ran) through our lives.

Peace and love,

cristy@meximinnesotana.com

8 thoughts on “Be present and joyful – thanks to a dear friend

  1. So sorry to hear about your loss, Cristy. What awful news that must have been. I really admire the message you are taking away from the situation, to make the most of the time we have with those we love, however long that turns out to be. Sadly, the passing of two elderly relatives in our family is nearing. My husband and I are trying to take something positive out of it, too, by reminding ourselves that we need to see every day as an opportunity to live a meaningful and rewarding life. Condolences. ❤️

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