|Always a smile|
One of those people (although she surely counted for at least 3 or 4) was Seema Sonnad. Those of you involved in eventing are no doubt already aware, but we lost Seema this week. She suffered a fatal heart arrhythmia during an ultra-marathon in Seattle.
Yes, ULTRA-marathon. Because Seema was Wonder Woman incarnate in a thousand ways & I think she even ultra-walked out her front door every morning. It would never even occur to her to be 'regular.'
She would show up to work four 13-hour days at an event after usually having flown across the country from a marathon or conference with about 3 hours of sleep...and I never heard the word "tired" cross her lips. I always joked to her that I felt compelled to take a nap for her!
And she most certainly ultra-gave every ounce of herself to the world around her & changed lives on a regular basis. Including mine. So, Seema, I want to say thank you, although those words are so woefully inadequate.
You more than earned this beautiful tribute to your stunning array of achievements from the American Journal of Managed Care, which naturally, you co-edited.
|Essential Seema -- at Waredaca|
I burst into tears as I wrote a thank you. It was completely out of the blue, & meant so much to me because I cannot afford to compete on my own, as you knew.
We often refer to such acts as "going out of your way." But that never applied to you...because it WAS your way, in the most beautiful connotation that "routine" can have. Such seemingly small things which touch people's lives in an unforgettable manner.
You perfected what I try (emphasis on try) to live, captured by my favourite poet & author, May Sarton, another amazing woman:
"I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seeds every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree's way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind."
It's tempting to say it's the end of an era, or some close cliche. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. Because of the blueprint you inspired us to build on, as not just eventers, but as women in science, as givers, as doers, as forces of life, being here, being now: it's only the beginning. Or to phrase it better, we've reached the start flags of Phase B & it's time to fly, primed by impossibly comprehensive coaching & warmup that could only have come from a spirit as fierce & gracious & bold & brilliant as this one.