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|Published in Legacy Online, April 2004|
A Comforting PresenceIt was a little crazy, I admit.
We needed to hold our Annual Shareholder's meeting sometime this month. And while everyone was in concurrence about the need to close Legacy, it promised to be an emotional meeting. It's never easy to face such a necessary decision and implement the steps required. There are also the logistical requirements and need to prepare reports and financial information that mean extra work for me.
Combining that with hosting the Monks was a little bit nuts.
But I wanted to give our shareholders, a number of whom live out of town, a chance to see the Mandala in person, perhaps to stick around after our meeting Sunday morning and watch the Monks working to create this beautiful expression of prayer and devotion. So, I scheduled the meeting for this past weekend.
And I'm glad that I did.
Not just because it accomplished the given purpose. It also gave me the emotional resiliency of Monks to lean on after our meeting. Their stability, their simple joy of life, helped to provide a cushion. Oh, the meeting went fine, being more celebration of our joint effort than a wake. But still, it was good to have the Monks around these past few days to remind me to appreciate the beauty in the temporary, and how doing good work is an end unto itself. Soon, Legacy will be no more. But like the Mandala which will be ritually destroyed tomorrow after four days of intense concentrated effort, it will have served its purpose.
Come by today, if you can, and see the Mandala.
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