In Memoriam, Thomas Leonard, the Founder of Coaching, who died February 11, 2003

1. Because we never know when we may die.

2. Because we never know when's the last time we'll see a loved one.

3. Because it's the worst thing in the world to have someone die and not have told them you loved them.

4. Because if you do, you'll model this for others, as Thomas did.

5. Because if you've lived as if every day were your last, as Thomas did, you'll leave a rich legacy, the fruits of your labor and the gifts of your heart and soul. You will have made the world a better place for others.

6. Because all that's real is today, right now, this moment.

The past is over. The future may never be.

7. Because "What is left unsaid gets in the way of the relationship. What is left unasked-for is a missed opportunity." -- Thomas Leonard

8. Because "When someone is doing something ... you must communicate immediately or forever carry the extra burden of your unspoken reaction." -- Thomas Leonard

9. Because of this, "Just do what you can do, don't say what you can do." -- Thomas Leonard

Because we don't really have a future, and nothing is certain, don't talk about how you can help someone, or what you plan to do, don't make great plans and live in your head, pick up a broom and sweep their house. Do something. Do it now.

10. Because tomorrow may never come.

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Susan Dunn, M.A., The EQ Coach, offers individual coaching and Internet courses in emotional intelligence, strengths, resilience and change-proficiency. Visit her on the web at and for FREE ezine.