But, in reflecting on Cliff, there was one special quality that I wanted to highlight, and that is his open-mindedness. Those of you who may also know Cliff may laugh upon first reading that, but hear me out. When I think of how Cliff lives his life, what always sticks is his ability to see that which does not exist. I see him explore new business ventures that aren't yet established, I see him figure out a new technology and make it pertinent and useful. I see him bend and mold his profession as he sees new angles, opportunities, challenges. I see him listen and consider conflicting points of view to his own and debate these things with respect, curiousity and interest. I see him continually explore the right environment for himself and his family whether that fits an established norm or not. Cliff is always open to the possibilities, more so than many many people that I know. And that, is being open-minded and not just conforming to what you (or someone else!) thinks you should do.
It is important to also say that Cliff's open-mindedness is tempered by a strongly developed sense of spirituality and what is "right" and "wrong". He's not just going for the easy way...he's going for the best way - even if that path hasn't been forged yet.
So to Cliff - who reminds me every day that the right answer will often be something that is new to everyone, including you, thanks for bringing your energy into the world.