On our call earlier today, we held stillness and closed with a Persian prayer
for Fran's mom, who was in her last hours of life. A few hours later, Fran's mother passed away.
As we can see in so many of Fran's reflections, her heart holds no bounds. Someone recently joked, "airport
giftivism, and most recently, flat tire
giftivism -- Fran's life can all make a book titled, Giftivism: Just About Anywhere
." We heartily agree. A dedicated professor, and loving mother, wife, daughter and community member -- it's not hard to be touched by Fran's overflowing spirit. And if you ask her for the secret, she humbly describes
: "If the source of it is love, it’s like love; the more you give, the more you receive. Ever since then my relationship with wealth has changed. It’s not for accumulation, but it is for giving."
This made us wonder -- how can we send our love to Fran and her family, in times of social-distancing?
Well, we need to look no further than our own Laddership Pod for an idea!
In her laddership canvas, we got a glimpse
into Ruth's LOVE sign
: "I have stood with a LOVE sign for two years, waving to passersby at the intersection of four roads in the center of our town, a visible and metaphorical representation of our meeting in love." And if you google Ruth, you'll actually find this story about it
, with a smile-inducing photo:
If you would like to dedicate a "Love Sign" in honor of Fran's mother, we invite you to replicate or build on Ruth's idea -- whether it is holding a sign that encourages love
publicly, or posting up a message
in your local neighborhood (or, in your background during a virtual meeting :)), or dedicating an act of kindness to Fran, or offering your goodwill invisibly by singing a prayer in your native language.
To join, please RSVP below
and we'll send you the details to aggregate our stories/photos so it can send as a source of strength for the grieving family.
"May the blessings of love be upon you; May its peace abide with you; May its essence illuminate your heart; Now and forever more." --Sufi Blessing