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In Memory of Stephen Covey


Stephen Covey, a former  Brigham Young University business professor who blended personal self-help and management theory in a massive best-seller, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” died Monday, July 16th at a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was 79. The cause was complications from injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, said Debra Lund, a spokeswoman for the Utah-based  FranklinCovey leadership training and consulting company he co-founded. In April, Covey lost control of his bike while riding down a hill in Provo, Utah. He was hospitalized for two months with a head injury, cracked ribs and a partly collapsed lung but “never fully recovered,” Lund said Monday. Covey became a household name when “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was published in 1989. On best-seller lists for four years, it has sold in excess of 20 million copies in 40 languages and spawned a multimillion-dollar business empire that markets audiotapes, training seminars and organizing aids aimed at improving personal productivity and professional success. I have had the privilege of attending one of his seminars – a truly inspirational awakening. His message is a philosophy for living – he will be missed and his message lives on in the hearts and minds of all who have taken to time to listen and learn!

Whenever we lose something or somebody we love, it is important for us to take time out for ourselves and truly feel the weight of what we are experiencing. Although it may seem that doing so will push us into a deeper state of sadness, truly giving ourselves permission to be with whatever arises actually creates space for us to begin the healing process. This is because the act of grieving is a natural process, allowing us to sort through the range of emotions that are present in our everyday existence. Even though it may sometimes seem easier to involve ourselves in activities that take our minds off of our sadness, this will only make the route to healing more difficult. Unless we listen to where we are in the moment, the emotions we experience will only grow in intensity, and our feelings will manifest themselves in more powerful and less comfortable ways. Once we consciously acknowledge that these emotions are present, however, we are more able to soothe the sorrow of the moment. When we allow ourselves to accept and deal with our loss fully, we will then be able to continue our life’s journey with a much more positive and accepting outlook. This will make it easier for us to see that our grief is ephemeral and, just like our moments of happiness, it will also come to pass.

Somehow this lone bench, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Coronado seemed appropriate.


16 responses

  1. His book changed my life, no kidding. Maybe it was because I read it at the right time or God knew I needed to read it at the time I read it, it was exactly what I needed. Without it, I likely would not have been Saved and I likely would have huge blood pressure issues. Now, my soul belongs to God and I understand that I have a choice in how I feel about things and others can not influence that. Powerful book and wonderful man. Great tribute Erik!

    July 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  2. When you let it time will knock off the rough edges of pain and loss – they’ll always be there, just a little less ragged.
    It’s a lovely image and very fitting.

    July 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  3. Powerful image and emotive words Erik

    July 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

  4. Je ne sais même pas qui cet homme était, mais un bel hommage rendu.

    J’ai perdu ma grand-mère paternelle ce printemps, mais elle avait un bel âge, 90 ans. J’irai voir sa tombe maintenant en Suède… Mais je suis comme elle…

    July 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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  6. I don’t know why but I have a bias against self-help books. Actually I know why, but no need to be negative. From the testimonials here I may have to give this good professor’s book a try as it appears to be a clear exception, from an exceptional man.

    August 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    • Mark, Mr Covey is not a saleman, nor a Tony Robbins hype dude…you should read a chapter and decide for yourself.

      August 17, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  7. Love these images!

    August 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

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