09 November 2010
A most important book
On the 15 of May 2009 I lost my dear friend Sven, his fight against severe cancer finally over. I was devastated and for a long time I felt like my life lost its bearing. Sven was one of those rare friends, a once in a life time friend and although I had only known him for two years when he died he had become a very important part of my life. When I met him he had just received his diagnosis. Through him and his enormous will to live I learned that life is a precious thing that never should be taken for granted but also that nothing is impossible and that there is always hope.
Sven was a brilliant consultant working mostly with non profit organizations and in his last year he wrote a manuscript for a book about “How to keep the movement moving”. It was a book about the need for good leadership in the non profit organizations in order to have a continuous development of the cause instead of a more preserving attitude. He managed to finish the manuscript before he died but sadly he never got to see the book in print.
Yesterday I received a package in the post. I opened it and started to cry. In it was a book, a most important book – Sven’s book. I made myself a cup of tea, sat down in my sofa and started reading. In that moment, reading his words I missed him so terribly it felt like my heart would break. Oh how I wished that he was there with me us discussing the chapters or arguing a point.
I know he would have been very happy and proud over how the book turned out and I like to think that somehow, somewhere he knows!