Add Some Value

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“Add some value!”

–     Gary Domke (1962 – 2019), my late friend, not-so-subtle philosopher and “speaker of truths”

My friend, Gary Domke, or “O” as we knew him, passed a couple months ago, as noted in this post.

Sunday night, a memorial service was held in the western Chicago suburbs, and dozens, if not hundreds of “O” stories were shared.

Gary never missed a sporting event of his kids, and he admonished them repeatedly during games to “add some value.”

He used the line with all of us, as well.

I won’t recount the man who was Gary, it’s covered in the post, linked above.

But as his daughter and her twin siblings related the “add some value” stories, it occurred to me that if our goal is to make a difference, that’s a great place to start.

Late on Sunday night, as we began to go our separate ways, there were hugs, a few tears, a lot of laughter and, over and over again, shouts to “add some value.”

It’s enough for me that Gary will appreciate us using that reminder more frequently.  It’ll be enough in our workaday lives if we make it our primary goal for each day.

Make a difference?  Add some value!

So long, O!  You added value, my friend…


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Comments

  1. Kathy Domke says

    Thanks, Steven. Besides his kids, reminding people to add value may be Gary’s most lasting legacy.

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