Saturday, August 1, 2009

A Treasury for Slavko

Earlier this summer, a very special Etsy seller died. His name was Slavko, and, until he died and I saw post after post after post about him in the Etsy forums, I had never even heard of the man. Turns out, he was the kind of man I wish I had had the honor of knowing.

Many people posted comments and stories about Slavko. They talked about what a wonderful family man he was. They talked about how friendly and helpful he was. He was certainly talented, I could see that from his work. And he took the time to reach out to people - to connect with them, to help them, to offer advice.

Reading all of the posts about Slavko brought me to tears. Because of wonderful things that were said about him. Because of all the thoughtful things he did. And because I missed out on knowing a really incredible man.

Just days after his death, I was lucky enough to have an item from my shop, FeltOnTheFly, featured in a treasury that was created in honor of Slavko. I was really moved, because I had felt such strong emotions upon learning about the man. And today, imagine my surprise when I was notified that another item from my shop was featured in a treasury - and it was another treasury dedicated to Slavko. I mean, what are the chances, right?

If you believe as I do, that certain things happen for a reason, then you will understand when I say that this experience has given me cause to reflect on the meaning of this "coincidence". Again, I am moved, and I am inspired to reach out to others in the manner that I imagine Slavko did. Not that I am anywhere near as special as he was, but I can reach out in my own way, and can make a conscious effort to do so. Every kind thing that we can do for someone else makes the whole world a better place.

I may not have had the pleasure of knowing Slavko, but I will certainly have the pleasure of becoming a better person thanks to the example he set.

This treasury, by the way, was created by a lady who is a buyer on Etsy. Thank you Cyn.

14 comments:

Dee said...

wonderful post and such a wonderful honor it seems to be featured with such a lovely person...congratulations.

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Lisa said...

That'a a beautiful post. I have been lucky to be inspired by two blog posts this evening. Yours is one of them. Thanks, Felty!

The3Maries said...

Congratulations on the treasury, truly an honor to be featured in a treasury associated with such a great person.

Dirt. said...

what an honor, felt! congratulations on being associated with such a fine person.

Suzy357 said...

Very touching. I did not have the honor of knowing Slavko either, but he sounds like a wonderful man deserving of such wonderful tributes. Yes, that must be a great honor for you to be included in this treasury.

my tiny studio said...

Beautiful post .

Rafael

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Maida, Slavko's wife. I am so honored and grateful for your posts and I am sure that Slavko would be, too.
Thank you Felt on the Fly and evebody else.
With gratitude

Maida

tkdesigns4u said...

What a moving post! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! It does make you pause and think!

Christina Silverio said...

I DO think things happen for a reason, and thank you so very much for sharing this when I most needed it. :)

Felt on the Fly said...

Christina, I'm so happy that you stumbled upon my poor neglected blog and found something of meaning to you! Thank you for commenting! Janet

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I have never heard of him....but loved reading about him! He must have been such an inspiration. I also wanted to say thank-you so much for taking the time to make such a sweet comment about my cards! It means a lot! Sincerely, Cherry

Beedeebabee said...

What a beautiful, touching post. Paulette

Felt on the Fly said...

Paulette, thank you so much for your comment. What a treat to have you visit my blog. I've admired your shop and your work many, many times.