Life's Lessons

A very knowledgeable, selflessly helpful man by the name of Mike Sommer passed away unexpectedly last week. My voice over friends and I just learned about this last night.

There's an online bulletin board for voice over talent called the vo-bb.com. I've met some of my closest friends through interactions on that board. These are people from all over the world... we not only talk all things voice over, but as it happens, we share our trials and tribulations of life. The folks on the vo-bb.com are some of the most supportive, caring, loving folks on the face of this planet. And I've not even met most of them in person.

Mike was a regular on the board. I didn't know him very well, however.

I've not been a regular on the vo-bb in a while. Life has just gotten in the way, I guess. But when I do go on the board, Mike was the master of the "Gear" section, always offering his help on studio build outs and acoustics. Let me tell you, when you don't know a whole lot about this kind of stuff, when someone offers their knowledge, you are soooo appreciative.

I remember Mike would even go so far as to ask for the dimensions of the room. He would draw out a plan and go to great detail to explain what the best acoustical plan of action would be. The conversation thread could be miles long - he was generous with his time and knowledge.

Even an acquaintance's untimely passing can give us pause to think about what's really important in life.

You hear all of this time and time again, but TRULY consider this.

Give an extra hug to those you love... everyday.

Don't just tell them you care about them, ACT like you care about them. Show them.

Show appreciation for those in your life. Even those you don't know well.

Be kind. Give a smile to someone you don't know. You never know how much it will affect their day... but I promise you, it will.

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to leave the world a better place; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


 

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