Remembering Richard Carlson:
Live like your
heart is in it!
Regular Connection freelancer Diana Jordan
volunteered this remembrance of her friend
(and friend of Costco and The Connection)
Richard Carlson, who died suddenly of a
pulmonary embolism on December 13, 2006.
THE HEART-STOPPING telephone call I
receive late on a Friday night in December
from Richard Carlson’s wife makes no sense
at all to me. She tells me, “Richard’s energy
was just too big for his body.”
Earlier that week, I was struggling with
the meaning of life, and Richard Carlson, the
bestselling author of the Don’t Sweat the Small
Stuff series, popped into my head. So—
stepping over the line from professional friendship into intensely personal—I called him.
How does he live, I wanted to know. How
does he handle uncertainty, setbacks, pain?
Richard’s voice was warm and cheerful, as
usual. I asked, “So what is life all about—
karma, God, destiny?”
And Richard told me that we are gifted in
ways that support our destiny, and we do have
control over our lives. “Bad” things
happen—but it is our response
that matters, how we handle our
emotions. We go to great places in
life, not by making huge corrections, but by implementing tiny changes in
our course as a pilot would.
The next day this 45-year-old man who
looked and acted 10 years younger, who was still
madly in love with his wife and still entranced
by his two teenage daughters, got on a plane to
New York to promote his newest book, Don’t
Get Scrooged, and died of a heart attack.
When Kris Carlson calls, she says she
misses her soul mate. “He is still with us,”
I miss my friend who walked his talk.
Who gave me every nuance of every moment.
That’s the meaning of life. Richard Carlson
truly lived like his heart was in it.
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