Tuesday, August 28, 2012

There is a complete level of stillness in our office today.  Not the stillness that comes from working away, or the stillness that comes from prep for a big meeting.  The sort of stillness that comes from shock, reflection and sadness.  The sort of stillness that comes after reading this email:

Dear Friends-

This is one of the hardest emails I have ever had to write.  I am so sad to let you all know that Keith Jensen passed away quietly this morning after a long battle with Brain Cancer.  He fought hard for 3.5 years and inspired us all with his positive attitude and fearless approach to fighting it back.

We will miss his big smiles.  We will miss his ability to make us laugh.  We will miss his ability to bring us all together in tough times.  But, we are grateful for the time we were able to spend with him and for the privilege to call him friend.  We will miss him but we will never forget him.

Please take a moment to reach out to your friends & family members and be thankful for your time with them.

I will forward additional information as soon as it is available.  

Few words can convey what a ball of energy, laughter, silliness and above all love our dear manager, mentor, and friend Keith possessed.  He was the definition of joy and love.  To say he will be missed is a gross understatement.  He will live on in the hearts of many, many, manymanymanymanymanymany, for years to come.

Whenever....and I seriously mean WHENEVER Keith and I saw each other in the office, he would  immediately belt out this song:

I'm talking the kitchen.  His office.  Meetings.  Christmas parties.  Hallways.  He had the neatest ability to ensure everyone he surrounded himself with knew how special they were.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  Take some time today to forget fights.  To forget irritations and frustrations   Forget any wrong doings that you've done, or have been done to you.  Forget annoyances.  Today is a day for love.  For living.  For being thankful of the people in your life, and the ability to read this blog post.

We love you, Keith.

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