Last week, one of Body & Soul’s members, who was also a volunteer, leader, mentor, trustee and true advocate for Body & Soul died. We would like to dedicate this space to anyone who would like to share their stories, memories and thoughts of M, as we have done below.
When a stranger asks what we stand for, we at Body & Soul sometimes find it hard to quantify. We stand for love, compassion, hope, trust and empathy.
All of these things are hard to quantify because to feel them, to have them for another human being, means to have them wholly, without exception or restraint.
What I mean is, you can’t measure how much love you give or receive, you can’t measure how much hope you have, because to have love, or to have hope, you must have it endlessly – no caveats, no restraints. There is no degree of love or hope. We are either hopeful – full of hope, or hopeless – without hope. There’s no middle ground. And M knew that.
A few months ago, after a long Saturday morning deep in thought, M told me that he’d realised what Body & Soul was all about, beneath everything. ‘It’s about love, that’s it’. Again- hard to quantify until you feel it and know it to be true, and it came to M like a revelation.
We all know that people like M are a rare thing, and we all feel better to have known him and to have shared his warmth and his gap-toothed smile and to have had him in our lives. But the reality is, M embodied totally what we stand for – his love, compassion, integrity, honesty and empathy were so, so real.
When people ask me in the future what Body & Soul stands for, I’ll think of M, and try my hardest to explain what is so hard to quantify, that we’re about love, we breed it here, and can say that we are proud to have known and loved such a remarkable person who stood for everything we know to be real and true.