An Exemplary Life

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This past weekend, by grandfather passed away. He was the head of a clan-like family that included 13 children, over 30 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was born of an immigrant family, became the first of his family to obtain a university degree (before him, even a high school education was not necessarily a given), enlisted and fought in the war created a great business and raised and cultivated an incredible mix of family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, all touched by his incredible devotion to life, family and quality time spent with others. In a world where we are constantly busy, focused on where we are headed to to and what we want to accomplish, so much so that we barely have time to maintain proper and healthy relationships in our lives, here was a man that was all about personal relationships. With people from as young as 5 years old to as old as 90, he made his time spent with everyone in his life memorable and lasting, in that everyone that had the chance to spend time with him has unique and special memories. So much so that in his obituary (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsday/obituary.aspx?n=patrick-j-magee&pid=169843858&fhid=27199) they don’t even have time to go into his professional career, and how he spent his time providing. In North America this is unheard of, when we can’t even go to a cocktail party or event without knowing the first question most of the time from a new acquaintance will be a dry ‘So what do you do for a living?’. Is it possible to develop relationships with people in a way that allows us to develop as a person, as opposed to just further developing our network, and adding those that will help us achieve what we have set out to achieve. Patrick Magee has shown us yes, over the course of a long life, that we should re-focus on the person, and our relationships will flourish from there.

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