A post-script and an exclamation point!

Published 31, Mar, 2018
Author // Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts: "...borrowing words from Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

A post-script and an exclamation point!

I thought that that my last piece for PositiveLite.com would fly off the fingers. It didn’t. I stared at my keyboard more than I clicked at its keys, and with each passing minute I worried that I would fail to meet my final submission deadline. I sincerely hope that ain’t the case.

Like many folks, I am certain, I read the words, “PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31” at least a few times before their immediate meaning truly stuck in this mushy brain of mine. At first, I thought it was a nasty, but brilliant, April Fool’s prank. But, it wasn’t April 1st and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that no matter how tempted to pull this kind of fast one for fun, the champions at PositiveLite wouldn’t do it; the weight of the words was real, and the end of an era had come.

I’ve been reading PositiveLite.com for years. Like hot coffee and a couple of slices of lightly toasted bread over breakfast, it’s been a staple for me each morning for nearly a decade. I learned more from this world-class and award-winning online magazine than I did from any textbook; I was coached by its contributors and always motivated by its messages.

"Alas, we are at the end of an era and I won’t (or can’t) pretend that I’m not profoundly sad and quite reluctant to say goodbye to PositiveLite.com."

Alas, we are at the end of an era and I won’t (or can’t) pretend that I’m not profoundly sad and quite reluctant to say goodbye to PositiveLite.com. This is a huge loss to the HIV community, here at home and around the world. But, I understand the decision and fully support it for all the reasons that Bob outlined when he broke the news. Still, I celebrate more than I lament, borrowing words from Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Breakfast will never be the same, but it will be ok because I have been, for so long, so well-nourished by PositiveLite.com – we all have, in every sense of it.

I’ve shared before that I share an objective with Helen Keller who once said, “I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” On reflection, it seems to me, PositiveLite.com – its leaders, Bob (SuperBob) Leahy, John McCullagh, Rob Olver, Wayne Bristow, and Brian Finch, together with each of its contributors over time – epitomize the humble, the great and the noble, the mighty shoves, the heroes, the tiny pushes, and the honest workers.

P.S. From me, just a guy who lives with HIV (who is Undetectable, so Untransmittable); and from me in my role as the Executive Director in service to the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), CONGRATULATIONS, with much respect and enduring admiration, to PositiveLite.com, and to its heroes and honest workers. Exclamation point!

About the Author

Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts was and remains motivated by his own HIV infection twenty-five years ago.  In his life and his career, Jeff is inspired by Helen Keller and shares this goal: "I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble.  The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker." 

Jeff was a national programs consultant at the Canadian AIDS Society from November 2014 until January 2016.  Before that, he was a long-time public servant. His last position was with the Public Health Agency of Canada as the (national) manager of the Hepatitis C Prevention, Support and Research Program.  Before that, he held health portfolio positions at Health Canada and at Correctional Service Canada; and before that (way back), he was one of the earliest representatives of CATIE. Over the years, Jeff has spoken about and/or represented public health policy and programs on countless occasions across Canada, and at international meetings in more than twelve countries around the world.  Jeff is a proud and active member of the Canadian Positive People Network (the CPPN) where he shares unyielding resolve to improve and protect the health, quality of life and social condition of people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada - and everywhere!