Loss brings determination

November 22, 2015

Life cannot be lived without loss. Losses we call ‘big’ and ‘small.’ Some losses are of a nature that you only know you have lost because you know you will never be able to have an experience you didn’t even know you wanted to have.

My good friend Denmark West has been honoring the life of HaHank Williamsnk 
Williams owing to his recent and unexpected death. He was a pioneering entrepreneur and a tireless advocate for increasing diversity in the technology arenas. Reading Denmark’s heartfelt posts triggered a cascade of thoughts. So, in addition to being supportive of my friend at the loss of his, I’m struck by the nature of my loss having never met Hank. Had I, I’m positive it would have been to our mutual benefit. Also, it was a reminder as to how utterly socially inept I have come to be (my momma taught me better – she doesn’t deserve this) to let soo many months go by since speaking to Denmark (sorry, man – I’m gonna fix that). Then the reminder that there are at least a 1/2 dozen other such people who I need to get with (sorry Todd).

But the most biggest and most insistent word in the word cloud is health. You see, Hank died aged 50 of a viral heart infection. 50.

While I have no more detailed information about the circumstances of his death (other than the news reports), Denmark’s plea in one of his posts honoring Hank kept ringing in my ears:

Denmark on Hank

I created the blog you are reading over six years ago now (after delaying several years) because of repeated requests of friends and acquaintances to share some of the self-taught lessons that have enabled me to continue in excellent health well past the age at which Hank was taken from us.

Sadly, I let these pages languish over the last while. Maybe because in 2015 blogging is just quaint (Oh look, he’s blogging, must be hard to compose those posts on a flip phone). Or maybe there are much better sources from which one would be able to get much of what I have to share (Mark’s Daily Apple, Vitamin D Council, Diet Doctor, Nutritional Science Initiative).

All that may be true, but I am determined to get back to helping people in any way I can.

It’s a small token, but I can say this loss has lead to determination.

Watch these pages. There is more to come.

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