What is wealth

I am still reeling, as many of my friends are at the tragic loss of Kate Cudlipp, minister at Seekers Church in Washington, DC, who died peacefully yesterday following a terrible bicycle accident last weekend. She is survived by Carole Grunberg, her loving partner of twenty-nine years whom she married last year.

I am grateful that Kate didn’t die with much music still in her, ala Wayne Dyer, “Don’t die with your music still inside you. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul” as Kate had written it, sung it, and performed it over and over and over again, to society’s most vulnerable folks, particularly children.  She served as Kirkridge Retreat Center’s Board Chair with aplomb as well as Seeker’s Church in a host of leadership positions.

I’ll miss her gorgeous smile as well as that most discerning look….a wonderful alchemy of balance, fun and grace.  May she rest in peace and may the rest of us remember her grace, and her influence allowing both to empower us to serve ourselves and others with Kate-like enthusiasm and integrity.

What is wealth?  Wealth is health, for one.  Wealth is integrity, for another.  Kate & Carole’s wedding vows, as rich in love as they are romantic, also connote wealth.

May we not postpone happiness, women.