Please allow me to take a slight departure in this newsletter to share a very personal loss that I and many of my FGMC colleagues experienced in the last few months.
Life is about perspective. When my dear friend Mike Schatz passed away a few months ago, it started to put things in perspective for me. Mike was a childhood friend of mine, as well as my law partner Michael Milstein, and a friend to many others at FGMC. Mike was the quintessential "great guy." He was first and foremost a great dad to Lexi, Zach and Kaitlin. He was also a great husband to Lisa. In addition, he was a wonderful friend to many. Finally, he was a fantastic businessman. Those who knew Mike have been left wondering "why did this happen to such a great guy?"
There will never be a good answer to this oft asked question when someone passes away much too early. It is our job as friends and family to make certain that we give meaning, or bring perspective, to these difficult times. Mike's untimely death has given me a new perspective on my life. To that end, I am going to endeavor to do the following:
First, never let a day go by without letting those in my life know that I love them.
Second, appreciate each day. Every day is a miracle and one that I will cherish.
Third, be as patient with my family and friends as I am with my clients. Maybe even more patient!
Fourth, appreciate all of the miracles of our everyday life without waiting for an epic miracle.
Finally, recheck these goals frequently and continue to keep my perspective on life and love.
Below is a snippet of the eulogy Michael Milstein and I delivered at Mike's funeral. Mike will surely be missed but not forgotten.
The Miracle of Love. Mike and Lisa are a fairytale love story. It was a relationship that has spanned 30 years. The seeds were planted in 1985 on their IST trip to Israel and it was an 18 year courtship that culminated in their wedding in 2003. Their love produced three undeniable miracles. Lexi, Zach and Kaitlin will be our daily reminders of this miracle of love. And for some reason, on the very day Mike ended up in the critical care unit, Lisa was wearing the necklace she wore for their wedding, a necklace she had not worn since their wedding 10 1/2 years earlier. And if Mike could have said one sentence during this eulogy, I suspect he would reach back to find these most fitting words and share them with Lisa. "But of all God's miracles large and small, the most miraculous one of all, is the one I thought could never be: God has given you to me."
If you would like to make a donation in Mike's memory, please consider the following at the family's request: Contributions to Michael Schatz IST Fund, c/o CAJE, 300 S. Dahlia St., #101, Denver, CO 80246.