Each day during the full year since Steve Geske’s “walk on”, I have thought of him.
As I presumed just after his death, what I learned to know of him and the countless hours of time we spent with each other, continue to pricelessly serve me. His gifts of intellectual depth, spiritual adventure and maturity, relationship with nature, richness of conversation and limitlessly loyal friendship sustain and strengthen me and are central to a foundation for hope in my life.
He modeled intellectual and emotional honesty. How important that becomes to us now!
He would agree it isn’t easy these days. But, he would resist the temptation to say, “I told you so”.
Steve possessed the capacity to see at once close up and far away. I learned from that, as I learned so much more.
His voice is with me; diagraming triangles (seen any lately?!); working on emotional maturity; self-defining; present when and where I can. Still shooting for 70%.
The stories we told one another were even better the second time, better still the third…his laughter even richer at the repeat telling.
And always asking, “What is the truth? What is my truth?”
And agreeing with Flannery O’Connor: “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.”
Walk on Steve. Peace and Courage.