One of the managers where I’ve worked for the last twelve years was diagnosed with cancer in 2015. Just recently, they have discovered the cancer spreading. There is nothing more the doctors can do.
On October 28th, there will be a visitation time with Jim and his wife in Nashville. I will be driving there to attend.
I wrote this for Jim and wanted to share it with my readers.
Almost twelve years ago, Feb of 2006, I started with DaVita. My first day was the very first Big Meeting where we all went to Orlando. There were so many amazing things that happened during that trip, but what stands out above all the rest is the first time I heard you speak.
I sat there captivated by your passion, dedication, and heart for helping people. It wasn’t just a speech to tickle our ears and pump us up about working for this company. It was obvious you were fully invested in each and every word you spoke.
I only worked in the Team Music City office for my first year, but each and every time I passed by you, I was greeted with a smile and warm hello. Not sure if you remember this or not, but I was the one who sent out the joke email to everyone in IT my first week. I thought I was sending it to just the TMC folks, but oh no, I shot it out for all to enjoy.
I remember Matt Sharpe calling me at home, frantic. He needed my credentials to login and try to recall the message. Obviously, many had already opened it. I got some interesting return emails the next morning. The best one was from Ken. Can’t recall his last name. All it said was, “I’m having dinner with Jim. You will be fine.” For the first time in 24 hours, I was able to breathe a sigh of relief.
That is something I have never and will never forget.
We don’t always know the legacy we leave behind once we exit this life. With our words and actions we create ripples in the ocean of humanity. One tiny drop of kindness can reach further than we could ever imagine. One simple handshake or smile can affect someone for the rest of their lives. You have that ability. I believe it’s a gift bestowed upon some by the Creator Himself.
We often stand outside and stare up into the expanse of twinkling stars that blanket the night above. Some are dim. Others, we can see a little clearer. Then there are a few that shine so brightly, it’s impossible to remove our gaze. We stare, transfixed, at the glorious beauty and remarkable brilliance as they illuminate the darkened sky in ways that others can’t.
I can see the stars looking down at Earth. A whisper fills the night sky as each one begins to notice something. There is a glow coming from the ball of green and blue thousands of miles below. The brightest light they have ever witnessed. In hushed reverence, they bow their heads and offer respect.
Jim, that bright light is you. You are one of the most amazing human beings on this planet. You have a heart much bigger than the one pumping inside your chest. I want to thank you for inspiring me to be a better person, teammate, and friend.
May God bless you and your family.