The great Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.”
When I think of Casey Rachelle Slagle (Now Casey Sheffield), I think of the one person I know who is remotely even close to the perfect virtue that Confucius speaks of.
I could tell you how much she would dislike me saying this about her, but this is my blog and I get to write the story so she can’t dictate how I brag on her. Ha!
I met Casey when we were working for a summer youth camp that we both had attended as students previously. She was shy and quiet and I was, well…. let’s just say I am not really shy and quiet. However, when I met Casey, I saw in flesh form some qualities I did not know a person could possess on such an incredible level.
Up until this point in my life, I had not really had a bunch of good girlfriends that I could count on to be in my life forever. Remember Magan? Yeah that was kind of the last strong friendship I had and then when I moved, nothing every gelled quite as strongly; until I met Casey.
The very first word I think of when I think of Casey is kind. She possesses kindness on a level of dynamic proportions. I have always been convinced she did not have an unkind bone in her body. She is sweet and loving and sincere. She is so perfumed in kindness that if I ever had a bad day, all I had to do was look at her or call her and the tilt of my world’s axis was corrected again. It’s that powerful.
She has the ability to show you with her personality, the kind eyes that you imagine Jesus looks at you with. I have always been convinced that when I look at her, I am seeing a trait of Jesus in human form.
When I came across the quote above from Confucius, I was astounded at the points he made because I feel they fit Casey so well : “gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.”
Gravity : experiencing a person of gravity is experiencing someone with the ability to be very serious when needed. I always imagine these people as knowing the proper weight of a circumstance and acting accordingly.
Among Casey’s traits, she has the ability to see situations for their breadth and respond appropriately. Its something most people really want to possess when a close friend experiences a death or a loss of some kind; you always want to say the right things, to comfort the right way. Casey does this impeccably.
Generosity of Soul : My favorite definition of generosity is “plentiful.” This is usually used in describing food portions, however, in my friend Casey, her kindness is plentiful. In all the years I have known her, she has been a constant in multiple areas and one of those has been her generosity. I have always been able to count on her giving spirit if I ever needed it, and most of the time, she was giving when I never knew I needed it or never even asked.
Sincerity : I have never questioned her motives or actions. They have always been above par and exceeded an expectation I could have imagined. When she does something for you or says something to you, it is coming from the depth of who she is and is the most truth you will ever see exhibited in a person.
Earnestness : Being earnest means being seriously zealous. I have seen Casey pursue her friendships, her family, and her Lord with a serious zealous intention that is so honorable and inspiring.
Kindness : I mentioned this before. Her kindness is astounding. Thus, every one of these qualities is magnified because of her kindness.
Not only do I long to possess even just an ounce of these qualities, I want my son to be like his Aunt Casey. I want him to know how to speak life into hard situations appropriately. I want him to be sincere in his intentions and zealous in his pursuits. At the core of his being, I want him to be a kind man.
I am so thankful every single day for you Case. God gave me the ultimate gift when He gave me you. I love you.