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An Extraordinary Ordinary Man

Bob died this morning, not at Gethsemeni, nor in Louisville, but in Kentucky, so i guess i could say he died at home.  He left his spouse, a son, and two daughters.  And he left me spiritually richer than i could ever have been had i not been his friend during a brief period when our lives crossed.  When i met Bob, a friend of one of my brothers, he was in his late sixties, going deaf and with stage IV Parkinsons's Disease.  We talked philosophy/spirituality a half dozen time, shared favorite books and favorite mystics, and i felt a connection to him i had not felt with another human being.

He was a carpenter and Mississippi River bargeman.  But his life was not about making a living, he was preparing for his next Career when he would fly with Rumi's angels, which he may be doing now.  And i am certain that i was not the only person enriched by his wisdom, wisened hy his presence.. His feet were firmly planted in the ground of being while hishead was in the cloud of unknowing and his heart flowed out to everyone and everything.  I miss him, but the memory of him will continue to mark my path,


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Jan. 25th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
"I know how it is to lose someone you love, you know, you care. It effects you deeply in some way!"

I miss talking to you..

Jan. 25th, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
Re: *Hugs*
Thank you, Lala.

I feel that i may have entered a quiet period of my life, sought for but also strange. Ideas come slowly, and when they come they seem trivial, not worth sharing or holding onto. It has been said that those who become wise lose something every day; unfortunately (?) this is also true of dementia. So i don't know if i'm getting wiser or just older.
Jan. 25th, 2014 06:39 am (UTC)
Re: *Hugs*
~I would like to think that you are getting wiser. As you are wise already from the beginning, then more of it and getting mellower. You have reached that stage of satisfaction. ~

I wish I could say the same for myself. (Ideas? Or other stuff?) It's because, I am still a little under the weather, have not written much also. Finished the prescribed meds today tho.

Jan. 25th, 2014 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: *Hugs*
I wish you good health and God's healing,
Jan. 25th, 2014 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: *Hugs*
~Thank you!~
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Jan. 25th, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: older or wiser
:) A manic secretary who doesn't know shorthand and takes lousy notes!
Jan. 25th, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Goodbye, Bob. Good mourning to you, Bobby.
Jan. 25th, 2014 06:35 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mary Ann.

Yes, The Chuang-Tzu has taught me how to mourn, so it will be a "good mourning." Bob will meet whatever awaits him with tranquility and grace. I never saw any trace of ego, so i suspect that he was "good and gone" long before i met him.
Jan. 25th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful friend, a true blessing. Sorry for your loss.
Jan. 25th, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Regina!

He was that. Yes he was.
Jan. 25th, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
From what you have written previously, I know how the friendship Bob and you shared was very meaningful and enriching. I celebrate the times you shared with him and his life well lived.
Jan. 25th, 2014 03:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, thank you, Jeff.
Jan. 25th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
Losing someone so important in your life is hard. He gave you so much is such a relatively short time...his life sounds worth celebrating!
Jan. 25th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Donna!
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Jan. 25th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Joan. Yes!
Jan. 26th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
Bless him, and may his passage be beautiful.
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