Over the past few weeks we have seen a number of leaders fall from grace. David Petraeus, ex Director of the CIA and George Entwistle, ex head of the BBC are just two names in a long list of people who have led large organizations and were found to be wanting. Within a few weeks we will most likely not even remember these names as they fade into the haze of people who disappointed. People who claimed to live by a code that was never their own, like living from ideas lifted from a well presented book.
However this week was a time for many people to say goodbye to Adrienne Campbell who died recently. She never did hold high office or could be described as someone who ever wanted to, but she did more than most to touch and change people’s lives. She did this not necessarily by what she did but by who she was. Don’t get us wrong she did a lot, she accomplished as much as many of us achieve in several lifetimes and she also gave people hope, she believed in love, she led by example and she was who she said she was.
When our time comes we would love to be thought of as people thought of her, not that she was any different from us who have our good days and our bad days but that she aimed high and held her focus, she walked the talk in every area of her life. It was not just ideas and idle wishes but a life where her heart and her mind were congruent and in that was a great friend to the earth. All she touched, people and places were moved because of her willingness to be that great friend. At the celebration of her life there were hundreds who came together in community to celebrate a passionate and creative friend to the earth and to all who live by her grace.
Adrienne thanks so much for being you and thanks so much for the friendship; may we all have the courage to follow your example. What a Life!
Sue and Jeff