Earlier this week, we said goodbye to Young Living's founder, Gary Young. Did I ever meet Gary face to face or shake his hand? No, it was my goal to do that when I walked across the stage as a Royal Crown Diamond but sadly, I won't get to see that smile up close.
What I DID get to see of Gary was his passion and excitement. Even in a stadium packed with thousands of Young Living members, I remember his words brought tears to my eyes more than once. When other people tried to match that excitement, they ended up sounding cheesy to me. Gary was genuine.
When I went to Utah for Silver Retreat, we got to listen to him speak in a smaller venue. I could tell he didn't take crap from anyone but I also got the feeling he wanted you to know why he wouldn't accept less than the best. He overwhelmed me because I still wasn't sure where I was at in my YL journey. But he made me want to do better. I did get to meet his wife, Mary, and her sister at Silver Retreat and they were a hoot!
I sometimes wonder what I would do if my husband would die. We've known each other for 22 years. I don't know how I would function with my daily life. Not only does Mary Young need to navigate single parenting, she also needs to run a billion dollar company in Gary's image. I have no doubt she's up to the task, but it goes to show how closely family and YL are tied together.
There's something about a leader that leads by doing, not telling. I've heard people say that while Gary loved to share the message of YL, he much preferred to be out in the fields, doing the hands-on work and seeing his vision grow. If only there were more people like him in the world, who didn't accept second-best and only wanted good for everyone. If everyone paid it forward like he did, the world would be an insanely better place.
It's hard to imagine Young Living without Gary and all his amazing ideas at the helm. I know our company is in good hands, we're just used to Gary's hands.
If he were listening now, I would thank him for having high standards, caring for the Earth, for going against the naysayers and doubters, for sharing his vision, and for never giving up. I will carry the torch and strive to be selfless like you were. Godspeed.