To Dr. Bill Bahan, whom I met in 1969 as a young man of the Sixties looking for an answer. His suit and Coke-bottle glasses made me think he was one of the squarest people I had ever met. Then his humor and his vision saved my life. To Martin Cecil, the finest man I have ever known.
Becoming a Sun, p. 5-6
Greetings on this first full day following the equinox. Good to celebrate our circle ’round the sun.
This morning two people came to mind: Dr. Bill Bahan and Martin Cecil. I was gazing at their photos, and the spirit and character of each of them came distinctly to mind. I thought, The world misses these two men.
Mostly, I live in an acceptance of the mutable nature of the world, including the people I feel close to. But sometimes, it just seems like a person’s departure leaves a space that could never be filled.
This morning, I looked up both men in my book to see how I had spoken of them and found the statement above in the Acknowledgments section. They are both such different people from me and different from each other. Yet I love them so dearly for who they were and what they meant to me in my life.
I’m not claiming perfection for either of them. That is not mine to think about. And no one can literally revive someone from out of the past. But it feels good and right to honor them on this day and, in so doing, to recommit myself to following in their footsteps in a way that is right for me and for this day.
Are there people in your past who are like that for you?
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.