Capturing a Lifetime

It was exactly one week ago today that I sat down to write a piece about someone I know very well and for all my life. To my surprise the depth of my knowledge and love for the subject made my task only more difficult. In fact I realized viscerally how difficult it is to capture a human being in a short written piece. Words somehow become inadequate.

I decided to take my own advice (to you) and narrow my goal: I merely wanted to relay facets of this person’s character and life. Similarly, when you sit down to write about yourselves, pare down your task into writing about what is most important to you and distinctive about you. Obviously, if you are replying to a specific question, make sure you answer the query. In all cases, choose your subject matter and focus on a theme. Don’t try to convey everything; you will only succeed in covering nothing.

These were a few of the steps I took in drafting a eulogy for my father, who passed away suddenly last Sunday morning at the age of 85. May his memory be a blessing.

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