But today that number feels different. Today, my own sister became a statistic.
Marla Tracy Pak was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme last August. Fought an ugly and losing battle for 10 months, and left us today, leaving a big void in the TracyPak Tribe.
I was asked to do a PechKucha talk the day I got the news last August. I called an audible and instead of talking about civic hacking, I talked about human qualities that make families, tribes and communities better. The qualities that my sister had.
I neglected to share that presentation last year, but here are the highlights...
- Be kind to every person you interact with and talk to strangers like you’ve met them before.
- Have empathy.
- Support the things your friends are passionate about regardless of your opinion.
- Celebrate nostalgia within your tribe.
- Spoil your nieces, nephews and neighbors’ kids.
- Converse with others with infinite optimism in your voice.
- Send surprise packages to people.
- Call an out of town friend or sibling and setup a long-weekend visit just because you can.
- Make a choice to relate to people rather than drawing contrasts.
Success in your personal relationships defines who you are. We should all be a little bit more like Marla.