You made a difference…

I return to this post because the words and stories shared at Mike’s memorial service really showed how he made a difference in people’s lives not because of what he did, but because of who he was and how he lived his life. The service captured Mike’s kindness, generosity, sense of fun and caring spirit. And the minister, who didn’t know Mike before the service, but who found three connections IN HER OWN FAMILY with people who knew Mike for 10-20 years…and who spoke of his kindness and joyful smile. This really shows how powerful the butterfly effect is…we’re never aware of how far-reaching acts of kindness and a gentle spirit can ripple through a community…. Thanks also to the Indy Men’s Chorus for honoring him with music.

I can’t think of a better tribute than to be a brother’s hero.


Eulogy for Mike V. given by his brother Scott at Mike’s memorial service!

The Magical Storybook of Professor Peacock

Ironically, I’ve heard this quote twice this week – casting very different circumstances on someone’s life (although one was just a movie character).

Clearly, as a species or individuals, I think it’s common to want to look back on our lives and feel like we made a difference.  On a level, I think that’s noble.  But let’s look at ways to accomplish that goal, and what – in the end – really matters (IMHO).

I saw the new Jack Ryan movie this week. [SPOILER ALERT:  skip this paragraph if you want to see the movie…]  The main villain shares with someone during the movie that he feels like his life will have made a difference.  We find out later that  orchestrated a worldwide criminal plot, on behalf of his country and in memory of his son’s life, lost in war as a hero for his country.  Noble cause – to want…

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I see life as full of possibilities and the world full of beautiful people possessing unique and often untapped talents. I’m a learner and connector, seeking ways to leverage the abundance in this world through strong community.

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