I had no idea, when Selfridges asked for permission to use some of Chris Seeley’s words for a short film they were making about climate change, that the result would be so powerful. Chris’s moving statement about what it means to live well during these tumultuous times, which she wrote in January 2014, five months after her brain tumour was diagnosed, continues to resonate with many people.
Last Thursday, at Ashridge, I showed the film to some of Chris’s friends and former students. It brought tears to our eyes, as it has to mine each time I’ve watched it, but when someone pointed out that the central image of the film was almost identical to the picture of the Banyan Deer that Chris drew for the cover of Coming Home to Story, I gasped.
How could I possibly not have made this connection before?
I felt a sharp pang of grief and then smiled at the memory of our time together, passing through this life as members of the same wonderfully creative and inquiring group of artists, writers, and researchers.
I feel very blessed to be part of this tribe and very proud to call its members my friends and colleagues. Though Chris has left us, her words remain as an inspiration to go on striving to do good work in the world.
Thank you Daniella Vega, Director of Sustainability at Selfridges, for making this beautiful film and for the generous donation to the Penny Brohn Cancer Care Centre.