October 16, 2012

In memory of Rick, a.k.a. RS Janes

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg in cheeseland @ 7:10 pm

I am remiss at failing to notice the post about Rick until today. His graphics were a great contribution to our little community of BartBloggers here and he will be sorely missed. Rick and I have corresponded in the past and he always had nice things to say about my work. I loved the vintage feel of his work. He never let on to the fact that he was battling cancer, which is a testimony to his strength, courage and positive attitude.

Here is an excerpt from Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University. As you may know, Jobs also recently passed away due to cancer. Ironically, I mentioned both Rick’s graphics and Jobs’ speech to a client of mine today, whom I introduced to

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

RIP Rick, all of us will miss you. A shot of Chinaco Anejo in your honor!

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the lovely eulogy. And keep healthy yourself! We gotta beat those slimy bastards — for RS’s sake if nothing else.

    Comment by Jane Stillwater — October 18, 2012 @ 3:56 pm

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