Jeevan has put his finger on exactly what quality of Jamie was so special. At my first Berrett-Koehler Author's Retreat, I was a new person and also the youngest person there and feeling very out of place. Jamie went out of his way to ask my advice, and listened to me very carefully. I went away from that conversation feeling like he really valued me and my thoughts. He was a real gentleman of the kind that you rarely meet these days.
I too celebrate the life and mourn the passing of one great guy. I was new to the B-K community, and Jamie reached out to offer his guidance. While time and circumstances did not allow much contact, I benefit from his legacy now as a member of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Coop, and as someone who aspires to emulate his qualities of engagement, service, and love. May his spirit continue to have its presence felt in a world that truly needs to work for us all.
Such a lovely tribute. I did not have the honor of knowing Jamie very well, and yet it did not take knowing him well to note right away his incredibly authenticity. What a warm person he was.
His journey has touched me profoundly, and I know that if I am ever faced with certain death, I will remember him: his courage, his humility, his grace, his authenticity.
I also find the fact that he was born, met the love of his life, and died on August 16 so magic. Just like out of a novel by one of my favorite writers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. It's almost like he willed his life as only the most connected with the universe can. Grande Jamie.
Everyone has a meditative counsel, a small group of voices who help us make decisions in our private and public lives. Jamie Showkeir is on my meditative counsel, and he doesn't stop being a member just because he died. Amen to Jeevan's laser focus on Jamie's extraordinary listening talents; the extenton of that for me is Jamie's unbelievable compassion and empathy. He can put himself in my shoes like few others--and then he knows what do do with it. And out of these Listioning, Compassion, and Empathy gifts came Authentic Conversations. I am re-reading it again now and discovering its gentle yet firm wisdom all over again. I consider Jamie and Maren's book to be one of the BK classics, which we reference regularly in trying to practice what we preach. It's not easy, that's for sure, but they warned us of that in the preface, joking that they almost named the book, "The Dangerous Book for Adults." Joel Henning, one of the most importance members of Jamie's meditative counsel, used to call Jamie "Brother Love." The last line of Jamie and Maren's dedication to Joel in Authentic Conversations rings true for me at this moment as well: "Brother Love, it's time to get on with it."
Jamie was alive to the moment. He lived into this attitude even when he was dying. I don't know many people who actually lived into and out of their philosophy so completely and courageously. That's something I'll always keep with me. Jamie, you remain a teacher and friend. Nothing can take that away from me.