In Loving Memory…

While this may not be the appropriate forum to be sharing something like this, I nevertheless feel a desire to pay tribute to a blog follower of mine who just yesterday died from cancer. The reason I’m sharing this here is not to depress anyone but rather to uplift us. I believe that when something good comes our way, the more we can pass the energy forward, and learn from it ourselves, the better. I think Kari would agree.

I only met Kari once over a year ago; she was a dear friend of my Aunt. Despite our brief encounter, she has nonetheless made an impact on my life, just as many of you have. Her comments to my blog posts and a few personal emails she had written to me were inspiring, truthful, loving, and encouraging. I gained a lot from her simple words, her honest and open expression, her support and care. I could feel her love halfway across the world and I took energy from it. Her words gave me strength. One could tell from her comments alone that she viewed life in a very deep way, appreciating it for all its ups and downs, its challenges and excitements, and its depth and significance.

The other day I was driving down the street and a little phrase flashed in my mind out of the blue: “Live to Love.” It’s hard sometimes, to really get down to basics and realize that all this surface stuff that happens in our lives is really not the point. Not our careers, not our leisure activities, not the stuff we own, not our hobbies, not the shapes of our bodies or colors of our skin, not our political activism, not our convictions, not even the people we know…none of these are the point.

We have to live our lives, and we all do it within the context of this place called Earth and this human world theater we have thus created. This fact is inescapable. So I guess the point of it all is that behind all these things that we do, and own, and create, there is Love. And the good news is that love is available to everyone…not only the poor, not only the rich, not one religious group over another, not the educated as opposed to the uneducated. Everyone has the capacity to love.

So it’s not what we do, but how we do it. And if we try to do everything with love in our hearts, then we really can’t lose. Live to Love.

I think that’s what Kari did.

So thanks, Kari, and thanks, Readers. Let’s try to keep love in mind. It’s not always easy (though wouldn’t it be great if it were?), but we owe it to the world and to ourselves to give it our best shot!

Much Love,


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lula Chance
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 22:47:38

    Sweet, Sweet, Sweet! A passing is such a PROFOUND event and your energy is RICH!

    LOVE, yes, LOVE!

    Lula Chance


  2. Sara Ware
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 23:33:21

    Julie – I am so sorry that your Aunt Caroline lost one of her friends and that you lost a supporter who lifted you up.

    Love and hugs to you both,


  3. Kathrine Grinnell
    Sep 17, 2011 @ 02:00:15

    Thank you sweet Julie.
    Our support group is mourning, but we also know
    that Kari has a deep comfort with God.


  4. Tara Henderson
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 18:18:56

    Hi Julie, beautiful way to honour a woman you respect and admire. Thank you for reminding us to focus on the good. We have a political leader who passed away who left his message, “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.” Sending you all the best and to those who loved and miss Kari.


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