This week, we lost two giants in the artistic world, David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Like so many kids who grew up in the 80s, I'll forever remember David Bowie as that creepiest of villains in that strangest of movies, Labyrinth.

Alan Rickman also entered my world a villain, as Hans in Die Hard. I know I am not alone in finding so compelling that I would happily listen to him read the phone book.

It's funny how the death of celebrities, about whom we may know very little personally, and usually don't in fact know personally at all, can have such a great impact on our lives. Seeing them up there, on stage and on screen, we don't imagine they are bound to the same rules of mortality as the rest of us. When they are gone, it seems the lights grow dimmer at their loss.

I looked up some quotes by each of these men, and wasn't surprised to find beautiful and thoughtful reflections on life. These kinds of truths, they don't belong exclusively to yoga, to religion, to spirituality. Anyone who lives deeply, who does good honest work, who surrenders to a higher creative force, will find truth that is universal.

So I'll keep it short today and let these men speak for themselves. The world will miss them, but their gifts to the world continue to live on.


I want to swim in both directions at once. Desire success, court failure. -Alan Rickman

The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time. -David Bowie