I hope many of you will forgive me this intrusion, but I wanted to get something out there about Pete that reflected the man I knew and the sincere regard and respect I have for him, but I have struggled to find the right words to communicate precisely what I wanted to say.
However, I have just read the following written by the Dalai Lama which encapsulates a lot of what I would like to say, which I hope provides a form a comfort for many of you who have lost a very good friend, and an Integral Statesman in the world of Personal Safety.
For my friend Pete.
“Sometimes when I meet old friends, it reminds me of how quickly time passes. And it makes me wonder if we’ve utilized our time properly or not. Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious. Our day-to-day existence is very much alive with hope, although there is no guarantee of our future. There is no guarantee that tomorrow at this time we will be here. So, we need to make the best of our time. I believe that the proper utilization of time is this: if you can, serve other people, other sentient beings. If not, at least refrain from harming them. I think that is the whole basis of my philosophy.
So. let us reflect on what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that. The purpose of our life needs to be positive. We weren’t born with the purpose of causing trouble, harming others. For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities – warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful, and more peaceful – happier.”
His Holiness, The Dalai Lama
For me Pete was a guy who always put others first. He purpose in life was to serve other people, and for as long as I have known him he was motivated by wanting to protect people – not harm them. Pete’s positive attitude was infectious and his smile brought warmth to all he met. He was also one of the most compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure to have known and he had a unique talent to make other people feel important and happy. Nothing was too much trouble for Pete because his life had meaning and purpose. More importantly, his life also gave meaning and purpose to others.