3 June 1935 – 4 September 2010
My father packed a lot into his 75 years gaining the respect of many people along the way. This was clearly on display at his funeral and in the things that were said by his friends and colleagues.
He will be sadly missed by many.
I had written previously about my father’s illness and how he was keen to finish his book before it was too late. Unfortunately he did not get it done.
The book will be finished and published in his honour, that will be my project and final gift to him. But it will not be the book he would have written, and that will be a shame.
Nobody can write the book that another person conceived.
This highlighted to me the need to get on with these projects while we can. There are so many things that we all want to do, contributions we can make to our communities – but too often we put them off until later.
Don’t die with the music in you – is the title of a book by a prominent football coach here. A thought that has been in the front of my mind the past 2 weeks.
I need to get on with creating my own ‘music’ – which will include the book dedicated to my father and hopefully a good body of work here on the blog and at conferences. Dad had a passion for sharing his knowledge and experience, hopefully I can follow in his footsteps.
What is your music and how are you working to get it out for others to appreciate?
Jan Husdal says
Dear Ken, thank you for sharing your personal story with the world. I’m truly sorry for your loss and my heart goes out to you. I think you’re right in that many of us put off until tomorrow things we could do today…because “there’s always time”, until one day there isn’t any time left to do all the things that were left for later. I do think you’ve already started in your father’s footsteps by setting up this blog and by sharing from your knowledge. I’ve learned a lot from the (too) few times I’ve been here, and I will certainly come back for some more music. As to my own music, I think I found it when I visited the ISCRiM seminar in the UK last week, where I meet the finest of the finest of supply chain risk researchers, many of which were regular readers of my blog and complimented me on the work that I had done. To me, that was more than the inspiration I needed to continue my blogging efforts and to share the little knowledge I have. I have truly overcome my writer’s block of earlier this summer, and regained my own passion for my subject of writing, and I am sure you too will continue to inspire all who come your way.
Ken Simpson says
Thank you Jan, much appreciated.