Thursday, 20 December 2007

Life's Inevitable Conclusion Comes Too Soon.

In Memory Of Jay Jaski

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain".
These words reminded me of Jay Jaski. The giant smile, the passion for life and family, the drive to take an idea and turn it into something so much more. Over the past sixteen years Jay went from business associate to friend to recently a client but always a friend. Yes, from time to time he would make you crazy but we never questioned his motives or his focus as the deep desire to successfully complete the task was ever constant.
"The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine".
When someone close leaves, especially so suddenly, it forces reflection. Perhaps this is more so when your buddy is your age and 50 is in the rear view mirror. Once you get past the initial shock, you understand that never again will there be a night where over glasses of wine you discuss matters of family, solve the world's problems or concoct the next great business deal. Next is self examination, which quickly is reinforced by your loved ones that perhaps it is time to stop emulating the hamster and his wheel.
“Death ends a life, not a relationship".

Our deepest condolences go out to Jay's wife, Liz, and the children. There are few words that will be a salve for a mighty wound.

Keep smiling buddy. Your energy stays with all of us.

Grant