After all these years, it continues to amaze me how life continues to amaze me.
And most of that amazement comes from the convergence of time, space and message when you really need it the most.
Many of the regular readers to this blog know that I spent a very long time in the broadcasting industry. It was a great job full of wonderful opportunities and spectacular people.
This past week, a man who had a major impact on the radio industry in Canada passed away. His name was Craig Smith. Interestingly he was not a broadcaster. He was a fan. A dedicated, consistent, adoring fan of radio and the people who he listened to every day on a multitude of stations he loved.
Craig Smith created a discussion board called the Southern Ontario Western New York Radio Forum. Most people call it SOWNY for short. Those of us that participate regularly just call it the “big yellow board”. It became a home for broadcasters and more importantly for anyone who loved the radio medium. We are in Craig’s debt for creating this wonderful resource.
A transplant might have saved Craig. I am not a doctor so it is truly a supposition on my part that he could have contributed to so many people he never met for many more years if there had been a donor match.
And thus begins the convergence of ideas and time.
My sister, who lives 3000 miles away, is the co-ordinator for Transplant Manitoba. She isn’t a part of the life-giving medical teams that facilitate transplants in the operating theatres. Her job is to give life to the program itself. And she’s very good at it.
For 15 years she has worked to take the message of organ donation to the world. I’m so proud of her.
And today, in my inbox, was an email from my sister telling me that she just had an article published in a widely read newsletter.
The convergence continues.
A transplant co-ordinator with an article published in a newsletter written by a double-lung transplant recipient named Jim Ladd arrives in the immediate aftermath of the passing of a man who selflessly contributed his time and love to thousands of people and passed away waiting for a transplant.
There is a message here.
Or perhaps two messages.
First, read the article my sister wrote. It will open your eyes forever to the possibilities a simple signature can provide.
Secondly, sign your organ donor card.
I’m sure my sister never met Craig Smith. But I am in awe of both of them.