I worked for many years at New York Life, where Fred rose to being the President. As a business leader he was remarkable not only for his ability to institute systems and manage people, and for the lasting results he achieved, but also for his humor and humanity. Retiring from the company, he took a degree from Yale Divinity School. Now, he has put his life journey on line, at God Revealed, documenting his encounters with God, in moments from ordinary life, where time and eternity intersect. This urge to tell our life story, to see it as a journey with redeeming purpose, to bear witness, is so strong. Here is a numbers guy, a math major, an actuary, a former Comptroller, and what he has to tell us is that the bottom-line is the storyline and that the story hinges on intangibles, what cannot be managed or measured, but which can only be cultivated.
John Gay's epitaph, in the spirit of Diogenes, predating Oscar Wilde, penned by Gay's friend, Alexander Pope:
- Life is a jest, and all things show it,
- I thought so once, and now I know it.
That too is God talk. Remember man that thou art dust.