A Corner in My Heart

I travelled to Banff in May 2003 to take one of my last MBA courses.  If I remember correctly, it was about strategic thinking within a global work environment. We arrived with the promise of sunshine, just in time to welcome a snowstorm.

What I learned during my stay had very little to do with academic discourse in a classroom.  It had all to do with a walk in the Banff cemetery.  That is where I met Adele Eisenschiml, who was born in Vienna and died in Montreal.  How did she come to rest in Banff?  There must be a connection to a person or a momentous event.  It will remain an ethereal mystery.

Adele’s last words, engraved into the granite stone, transcended the complications of the best laid strategies.  She grasped the essence of our finite time on earth. May it be so for all of us…

A Corner in My Heart

There is so little what I need

A few square miles under my feet

A little roof over my head

A little oven, a little bed

To be of the whole, a little part

And to own a corner in someone’s heart.

ADELE EISENSCHIML
Born in Vienna November 21, 1879
Died in Montreal December 8, 1951