For the second time in just over a year, I received bad news this morning.
A friend from high school, who in the past few years I had reconnected with via Facebook, died unexpectedly last night. His name was Andrew Tran and he was a man with a heart as big as the sky.
I’m too upset to talk in-depth about my friend. Reconnecting with him after 15 years several years ago was a blessing. And even though our friendship consisted most recently of Facebook posts, sharing of meme’s, and occasional private messages about faith, my life was better for it. Just seeing his updates in my feed reminded me of his sense of humor and his gentle nature. The world has lost a good man.
It also reminds me – yet again – about the frail nature of life and how we must use every day to focus on what’s important.
We may get competitive and want to win at business, but that means nothing when you lose someone. Only a small few will be remembered for the work we’ve done in the for-profit machine. Your true legacy is how you touched, impacted, and helped people. It’s not whether or not you made some list of influential people, how many speaking gigs you did in the last 12 months, or even whether or not your wrote a book. It’s the interactivity between our fellow humans and if you had a positive impact on someone.
Andrew did. You may not know his name and you may never hear it again. For those of us who have known him since those awkward and emotional days of our teenage years, we’ll never forget him. He had a positive impact and made the world a better place in his own way.
Goodbye Andrew. Thanks for being one of the good guys.