Bring it. Every day.

Posted on: February 18, 2011

Carpe diem.

The ubiquity of that phrase in our culture (especially since it was uttered by Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society) has rendered it nearly meaningless.

But early this week, all of us at Wilson were reminded of just how apt a guide it is to living a life that is full — and full of meaning.

On Monday, we were concerned when our proofreader and office manager, Daniel, didn’t show up as expected at the start of the day. By early afternoon, with his whereabouts unknown, and still no word from him, we tried to reach his family to check in on him and hoped that the word back would be that he was OK.

He was not.

Tuesday morning, we learned that he had died.

I can’t speak for everyone here, but I have operated all week on a sort of auto-pilot — my way of steeling myself through the shock and grief of so suddenly losing an employee — a colleague — a friend.

Daniel did many things for the hard-working team at Wilson. As our proofreader, he punctuated (and re-punctuated) our copy and he challenged us on syntax and grammar — the way a solid proofreader should.

As our office manager, he kept us supplied with everything necessary to keep the agency running with nary a bump or a hassle. And he never once complained.

As our colleague and friend, he was always there for anyone who needed help — whether that meant lifting a box or providing a listening ear — and always with a smile and desire to do whatever he possibly could.

But, most of all, he cared. He cared deeply about us and about our agency. In return, we cared deeply about him — right back.

He is very sorely missed.  Sorely missed, indeed.

At the age of 48, Daniel Morrison left this world much too soon. But, his legacy will live on in the many traditions, quirks and idiosyncrasies of a workplace that thrives on them.

To honor Daniel, nothing could be more apt than for us to throw ourselves completely in and — in return — get the most out of the many hours we all spend together.

For Daniel, we will seize the day.


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