It's been a long week. Its also been a very long time since I have written an "Inspiration Monday" post. However today is a good day to write about inspiration.
On Sunday, May 31, 2015 I received the saddest news. My friend Gloria told me that our friend Daryl Champion, known to many as 'DC' had died of complications due to pneumonia. It has been one of the saddest weeks as heartbroken people from everywhere pay tribute to this wonderful man.
He was only 42 years old.
Today is his Homegoing Service in Indiana and I know so many people will be there. I was not able to go and I would like to pay my respects by writing about him today in hope that more people will learn about such a wonderful human being.
Have you ever met someone and immediately felt like you could completely be yourself and shine to the highest level possible? Have you ever just felt an instant light and energy from a person just by their mere presence? If you ever have, savor the moments you get to spend with this person. Walk with complete gratitude and humility for knowing this person. Trust me when I say that God has truly given you a gift.
I had this very experience in my life about fifteen years ago when Gloria introduced me to her really good friend DC. From the moment she introduced me to DC I simply adored him.
I adore him still.
Back then Gloria and I were in law school in Chicago and several times a month DC would drive up to Chicago from Gary, Indiana to pick Gloria and I up to take us out. He would take us out for coffee, dinner or we would just hang out. The three of us would get together to talk for hours about life on those Chicago days and those times still mean very much to me. I could completely be myself with Gloria and DC as we pondered the issues of the day. I also had the chance to laugh away the stress of law school as the three of us talked the night away. Our friendship and fellowship always felt like a 'home away from home' because I was living by myself in Chicago and away from my immediate family. I can honestly say that spending time with DC and Gloria made law school a better experience for me.
I sure could use one of those Chicago nights with DC and Gloria now.
Over the years I didn't get to see DC, but we always kept in touch. We became Facebook friends and I very much enjoyed our online communication. I had the chance to experience that positive vibe that only DC could give as his posts appeared on my timeline. My favorite part of our Facebook connection was our ability to talk in real time about our favorite television shows Empire, Scandal, and How To Get Away From Murder. I would always think to myself, Yeah! It's Empire Wednesday! It's Scandal Thursday! I wonder what DC will be posting tonight!
He became our Facebook community's resident social commentator. He would post the funniest, most insightful comments about our favorite shows, awards shows and major television events. Like many others, I anticipated DC's commentary for all of these television events and I also looked forward to the dialogues that would follow with his fellow Facebook friends. DC brought us all together to fellowship and dialogue about current events. He had the ability to bring people together from all walks of life.
Powerful isn't it?
And you know what he would do that always made me feel special? He would tag me on his posts that were all things "West Wing." It was one of his favorite shows and It felt so wonderful that he remembered it was one of my favorites as well. When I was talking to my sister Andrea the other day about DC, I mentioned our love for the "West Wing." Her response? "Wow, someone else other than you actually watched that show?!?"
The Tony Awards were on last night and my first thought was I wonder what DC will post about the Tonys. But then........I remembered....... and I was very sad all over again. I have had moments like this all week and I know all of us that love DC will have these kind of moments forever.
So, from all that I have written so far can you see why I adored my friend so much? Can you see why the mere thought of him brought a smile to my face and pure light to my spirit? Can you imagine how honored I feel to have known him? Trust me when I say that my life was made better with his imprint. I am forever reminded that there are good people in this world and we must celebrate them. DC's genuine and humble energy lifted me to the sky every time I saw him or spoke with him and for this I will be forever grateful.
How divine is that?
Son, brother, friend, spiritual being, gentleman, college graduate, philosopher, visionary, community leader, artist, mentor, teacher, business owner, confidant.......... these are just a few words that come to mind when I think of my friend.
I am really going to miss my friend.
His obituary is online for you to read more about his life. Also, his fabulous college classmates have started the DChamp Memorial Scholarship Fund in his honor for their Alma Mater Florida A & M University (FAMU). They have raised thousands of dollars in just a few days and this speaks volumes to DC's character and the love people have for him. Check it out and please make a donation if you are able. It would be a great way to connect with greatness.
I could say so much more, but I will end for now. The words of Mother Maya Angelou resonate well with my Blessed experience.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ---- Maya Angelou
DC, I pray God grants peace and healing to your family and all those that love you. I am sending you love from my heart to yours. Even though you are far away, the mere thought of you still makes me smile. You have left behind such a beautiful legacy. Rest well my brother, rest well.