January 31, 2013 (presenting on the Day of dad’s funeral)
Excerpt from Eulogy…
I told this story as part of the eulogy I delivered at Dad’s funeral.
I didn’t learn of this story until recently (and many of you who know David and I will relate), but when Dad was asked to compare David and I… He would respond… If David and DJ were both asked to jump off of a mountain… David would sit and think, draw up the plans, rethink the plan, build his wings and then cautiously slide off the mountain… Dad would then say (probably with a shake of his head) DJ would immediately run and jump off the mountain and figure out how to build his wings on the way down. I am sure this caused my father many sleepless nights in 42 years. The ironic part of this story… I have had a signature on the bottom of my personal email for many years, a quote from Ray Bradbury… saying,
“If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go into business, because we’d be cynical. Well, that’s nonsense. Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.”
So… following this theory… of jumping before thinking…
I volunteered to deliver Dad’s eulogy today — I am not sure exactly what I was thinking, but here I am.
At the time of presenting the eulogy, I was sure it was the “right thing to do”, but I wasn’t sure it was the “thing that I could do right”. It was and could possibly be the most challenging speech I have ever given. I have presented in front of hundreds/thousands of people on topics way more complex, but nothing as personal. I am very glad that I “jumped before thinking”… it will be something that I treasure for the rest of my life.