As the holiday season warmth is upon us, I have been reflecting on and celebrating very warmly the loving support my wife Ruth and I have received from family and friends this Fall.
At Whole Man Expo, which our company, Energy for Life, presented September 10th, so many family members and friends were actively involved and/or in attendance. Our oldest daughter Alaina helped tremendously with marketing/promotion for months. Her husband Bill served on the father’s panel and photographed the event. My son Michael headed the filming. My mother, sister and niece attended and really enjoyed the day. The highlight for me was my best friend Eliot, a prominent Canadian consultant, delivering the keynote speech and serving as a sponsor. We also greatly appreciated the number of hard-working volunteers amongst friends, our spiritual community, and members of our biweekly networking group.
November 30th we hosted a combined book launch at a cozy, family-owned Denver Italian restaurant, Saucy Noodle Ristorante. The outpouring of colleagues, clients and friends from many circles made for a festive and very lively buffet gathering. Ruth was joined by the co-authors of Be Your Best Self: Yoga for Families: our youngest daughter Alyssa (now living in Los Angeles) and our very precocious six-year-old granddaughter Hannah. I was delighted that nine of the local contributing authors to our men’s anthology Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments chose to attend the gala evening.
Six men, four of whom were anthology contributors, are serving as members of a core team to assist me in coordinating Whole Man Expo for Sept. 8, 2012. The strong support that these generous guys are providing, well in advance of the Expo, will ease my workload considerably and clearly provide for an improved event next Fall.
I could wax on, but enough said. Suffice it to say that true community is a “many-splendored thing” and that Ruth and I feel extremely blessed and grateful for all of the loving connections and supportive service. Again, my deeply heartfelt thanks to all those I mentioned or alluded to above.