A friend of mine died recently….before his time as they say….
but telling you about him is a joyful and hugely positive task:
A PHILOSOPHY FOR LIFE
He had a three fold philosophy for life: One, if you are going to do anything do it very well; two, never think you can’t do something because it hasn’t been done before; and three, the faster you can do it the better! His days and ideas were driven by enthusiasm and a sense of urgency that ensured a life bursting with achievements – he was head boy and first in his class throughout his life.
A GREAT COB
His personal interest in horse trials was sparked relatively recently when his daughter campaigned his rather stout grey cob to regular rozettes in the Junior section. Much to the consternation of the selectors this grey cob mirrored his philosophy that no fence or challenge was too much and no speed was too fast! Then he bought other horses and as an owner delighted to enter the international arena and have international success. No cross-country round was complete without him running from one viewing point until the next to check on progress.
In order to achieve this he kept to an exercise regime that included 45mins non-stop on his exercise bike up to the age of 70!
A GREAT EXAMPLE
His involvement as an owner led him into event organisation at both a local and international level. He always set the bar higher, always led by example, always put his heart and soul into everything he did and always was open to a better idea. This made life with him challenging at times, but it also made him the epitome of Nelson Mandela famous words...
"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." My friend liberated many other people as he bounded through life.
WELL PLACED PRIORITIES
Competitive as he was on the day of each competition his own gold medals were simply the happiness and love of his wife and their family and grandchildren. He and life made a powerful partnership and he truly seized life every day. Onwards! William