Fare Thee Well, My Bright Star

"I felt his heart beating like the heart of a dying bird, shot with someone’s rifle…

"All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You--you alone--will have the stars as no one else has them--"

“I shall look as if I were suffering. I shall look a little as if I were dying. It is like that. Do not come to see that. It is not worth the trouble…"

He fell as gently as a tree falls. There was not even any sound, because of the sand."
from The Little Prince

This past week my boss and my friend, Dane Hall, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. The world lost someone amazing yesterday. There are people you meet who leave an indelible impression. They are the kind of people who literally light up a room. They possess a positivity and enthusiasm that are infectious in the best way possible. Dane was one of those people. He took time on multiple occasions to not just email me a response to a question, but to call and have an in depth conversation on the phone. He championed me, fought for me and made me feel like I mattered and he did that for every single person on his team. Every one who knew him would tell you the same thing, he was inspirational. We talk a lot about life being short, but it's easy to give that lip service and get caught up in our own day to day bullshit and drama. When something like this happens, it's a wake up call.

What we do really isn't important in the final analysis, how we loved and were loved in return is what matters.

By all accounts, Dane Hall was the wealthiest man I've ever met.

"Fare thee well, my bright star." The Indigo Girls

And on that note, make sure you tell the people whom you love that you love them today. Give them a big hug and remember that this life is, as my mother often says, but a split second in eternity. Cherish it.

When faced with chaos, I find solace in creativity. It is, after all, the opposite of destruction. So here's what the Crafty Bloggers have for your inspiration:

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Evie's Tool Emporium said...

I'm sorry to hear about his death. It sounds like he made a huge difference in your life and you will be certain to pass that on to others!

CraftOptics said...

Hi Margot,
A very sad but also terrific post. You're right--we all get so caught up in the day to day that we start to take those who love, support, boost, encourage and tickle us for granted.

Thanks for reminding us about what really matters.


Sallianne McClelland said...

my heart is sad for you today Margot. He has left his mark on you to share with us.
Sallianne x

Purple Cow said...

Sorry for your loss.

Unknown said...

It is so hard to lose someone so important in your life. It will take a long time before you stop the internal conversations of...I wonder what Dane thinks about that...but you are better for having known him. And by sharing his passing with us you have given us a glimpse into a man that none of us would have had the chance to come to know. Heaven is a better place today where his star still shines as brightly as it did in your life.

Hali Chambers said...

Lots of things come to mind to say, but nothing comes close to expressing it except to say I'm SO sorry for your loss. LOVE, H.

FunkyMonkey Girls said...

Ergh.......sorry to hear about your loss *hugs*