Some things hit close to home. I watched as this senior executive and entrepreneur walked a very difficult journey towards death. It was not his death he was walking toward, it was the woman that he loves. As he walked through the last days of her life his strength grew and he displayed a commitment that could only come through a strong faith and a passionate heart. I spoke with this seasoned leader after the passing of his loved one and he said, "I knew that this was my time to serve the one I love. There are times when we do what we don't feel like doing because we are called to do them." He went on to describe how he had grown through this journey and was honored to walk with his loved one to the gates of eternity.
His loss was devastatingly tragic; his loved one was a beautiful woman who lost the battle with the demon of cancer. I know of his journey because she was a close family member. I came away from our recent conversation with a renewed desire to display loyalty and love to those within my circle of influence.
When the road is smooth it is easy to display strong leadership. When the journey becomes treacherous and the path is difficult, it is easier to walk away or abdicate our responsibilities to someone else. Having the courage to lead when the going gets tough exemplifies someone who is committed to speaking into the lives of others. Thank you Rick, for speaking into many of our lives by your leadership and love for Lyn.
When we choose to lead unconditionally we will make a difference.