Character: Build It Here
What is a friend? Someone you have great affection for, someone whose company you seek, someone who shares your life. I’ve often thought that you can define a friend simply by this: When something really great happens or something really terrible happens - who do you want to call?
Last month a great friend of mine passed away. Jimmy was one of my newer friends. I had only had the privilege of knowing him for a few short years, and in that precious time, he became one of the dearest friends I have ever had and one of the greatest men I will ever know.
Who was more thoughtful than Jimmy Sutphin? A birthday did not go by without hearing from him, and in between holidays, just for no reason at all, I’d get a big manila envelope in the mail, full of comic strips, interesting articles, and silly jokes.
Who made more people smile than Jimmy Sutphin? Long after I moved away from Ohio and off to California, if I was feeling down, all I had to do was think about Jimmy, conjure his smiling face, and the blues would be gone in an instant.
Who had more integrity than Jimmy Sutphin? He was a man that valued honesty and extended fairness to all.
Who was more generous than Jimmy Sutphin? I have never met anyone who shared his time, talent, and treasure so freely. I never had to ask him for anything, he always seemed to know when I needed help and there he’d be: at my door, at my side, on the phone, in a note - spreading joy and warmth.
Who gave more encouragement than Jimmy Sutphin? Every creative work I ever did that crossed Jimmy’s radar, was always met with an encouraging response. Even last year’s Christmas card had a note in the upper corner, “You are a GREAT writer!”
There’s one thing I said to Jimmy one time that he often repeated, “The largest room in the Universe is the “Room for Improvement”. He loved that concept. It’s a room where I spend most of my time, but a room where Jimmy never had to go. He truly was a man who needed no improvement.
Jimmy will live on in my heart and I will feel the warmth of his spirit for all my days.
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