Appreciating Richard

by Mike Robbins

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It is still hard for me believe that my dear friend and mentor Richard Carlson is gone. Richard died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 13th on an airplane to New York. He was traveling to NYC for some media appearances for his new book, Don't Get Scrooged. He died of a pulmonary embolism while on the flight.

My last blog post was celebrating him and his new books...and now I am posting to share about his death and to celebrate his life. He was such an important person in my life and in the world. The past week has been one of the most challenging and remarkable weeks of my life. Never in my wildest nightmares would I have expected this to happen. And, there have been so many miracles, blessings, and things to be grateful for in the midst of this tragic loss.

I was asked by Kris, Richard's wife, to officiate the memorial service that was held for Richard on Tuesday. I was honored to do so, although terrified at the same time. This past week we spent a great deal of time with Kris, Richard's two teenage girls, and the entire Carlson family.

What an honor to be able to support them in this painful time. As challenging as it has been, it has also been incredible. So much love, so much gratitude, and so much peace. In addition to being an incredible author, teacher, and healer...Richard was an extraordinary human being, husband, and father. He got as excited about a new book as he did about one of his girl's soccer games or taking his oldest daughter to visit colleges.

I mourn his death and I celebrate his life. I will miss seeing him, hugging him, and spending time with him in physical form. I feel deeply connected to him - as much this past week and in the years we spent together as friends on this earth. I know that he will be with me always and that his wisdom and mentorship will continue to guide my life and my work.

Thank you Richard - for all that you did to make this world a better place and for the many gifts that you gave to me. I love you...

With Love, Celebration, and Gratitude for Richard's life,

~Mike Robbins