As I sit here typing this – from Westchester, NY, for my week-long NYU MBA Residency, it occurs to me that a substantial part of this is due to your presence in my life. Prior to your death, I was a lost soul swimming upstream in a murky fish bowl. There was little interest in discipline, compassion, or spiritual growth. While you were still here, in fact, I was more into collecting that which was instantly gratifying, easily disposable, and egocentric. Maybe I haven’t completely rid myself of the latter, but I do work hard to achieve a heightened level of communication with my sacred self.
Without Alexander Graham Bell there wouldn’t be a telephone (sorry Lady Gaga you didn’t have first dibs), and without you – Jeffrey Lee Ben – I wouldn’t have had any ‘telephone’ to pick up and get in touch with what is at the very core of existence; love and compassion. Without these two very crucial life tools, I would not be as successful in all my endeavors in life. Let’s face it the one component that ties the two (love and compassion) together is understanding, and you may climb the ladder of success without it but you will more than likely be alone.
This one is for you my brother.