catherine cadden

"Another amazing moment for me with Marshall was after my dear mentor Julie Greene died. I had the extreme fortune to work with Julie during her last BayNVC retreat before passing. Many who were there might remember the energy of ""why wait one more minute?"", and her becoming very clear on her final requests of people.
When I was hugging her goodbye, which we both knew would be for the last time, she said she had a couple requests for me. One of them was spoken to me this way, ""Will you tell Marshall that I love him? You will see him before I do. I want you to deliver the message to him because I think you live from your heart. I think he still sometimes gets in his head too much so I want you tell him from your heart. You can tell him I said that, too.""
The next time I caught up with Marshall was at a BayNVC event in Oakland. I went to deliver the message. I caught Marshall before things began. The room was full of people busy chatting with one another. Marshall and someone had just finished speaking about something and i walked up to him and said, ""I have a message for you from Julie Greene.""
Marshall turned, looked me in the eye, giving me his full attention.
I shared the Julie's message that way she had told it to me. He smiled with tears in his eyes giving his little chuckle and wag of the head. We hugged and someone came up to support him getting to the stage on time.
One of the great teachings I have received from Marshall is one of the things I find awe inspiring about him - his ability to be fully present in the midst of chaos and turn towards what's most alive in the space. Thank you Julie for the honor to walk with you, learn from you, and deliver your message of love. Thank you Marshall for teaching me how to receive love."
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