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Short… sweet

Mar 25, 2009

I am sitting at my favourite Starbucks enjoying a latte. I know all the staff, I am a regular. The manager is sitting at the table beside me. She has just promoted a young barista to a shift supervisor. I am happy to see her so excited. I open my Macbook and look at my dozen new emails.

“I don’t know it you heard?” says the manager as she leans over to me.

“No, what’s the news?” I reply.

“Sandy the other Starbucks Manager, her husband passed away on Sunday.”


“Sudden, don’t know all the details. Went into hospital on Wednesday and was gone on Sunday.”

“How old?” I asked.


“I’m 39.”

We were all silent for a few minutes.

Life is short, we need to make it sweet. Be great, be awesome. Stop complaining about silly things that are truly silly. Hug your children, love your spouse, smile at a stranger, lead without title.


You know this stuff. I talk about it all the time. This is not new.

“The sad part about it is we all go back to our lives and not think about it in a few days.” the manager adds as I empty my inbox.


Need to stop that, need to stop.

Posted by Stu Saunders in Goal Setting Leadership Family Life Learning and Growing Motivation on Mar 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Permanent Link | Comments (6)


  • Comment posted on Mar 25, 2009 at 7:44 pm by Erin Grittani (YLCC Member)

    Measure in moments.

  • Comment posted on Mar 26, 2009 at 10:19 am by Hillary Newkirk (YLCC Member)

    Very well written blog Stu. And with a very important message. x

  • Comment posted on Mar 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm by Mitchell (YLCC Member)

    amazing how it often takes something of that magnitude to remind us how much we need to be living our lives to the absolute fullest.
    nice post Stu, thanks smile

  • Comment posted on Mar 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm by Craig Saunders (YLCC Guest)

    You should share the inspirational story of your sister in law who has had Multiple Sclerosis for 18 years, and still manages to get up eveyday with a positive attitude even though she can no longer walk, and finds the most basic of tasks an incredible challenge.

  • Comment posted on Mar 28, 2009 at 12:08 pm by Pam Lamb (YLCC Guest)

    It’s so weird that it takes death to make us realize how important life is…why can’t we just know that we only have one shot and have to make the best of it?

  • Comment posted on Mar 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm by ElizabethB (YLCC Member)

    makes me examine what i’m doing right now and kind of scoff at myself. Thanks goodness for places like YLCC to be daily reminders of all that i can be

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