Loss and Legacy

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664608_365598560195302_408365498_oFor 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.



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4 Responses to “Loss and Legacy”

Rest in peace, my friend.

Stacy Lopez
May 7, 2013


Moses Castillo
May 7, 2013

So sad.. speechless…I have fond memories of Andrew and enjoyed his FB postings. Did not think it would have been his last. God bless YOU and Family.

Jolene Blackshear
May 10, 2013

This was very sudden and sad news, which left me speechless and in quiet reflection. Scott's blog was beautifully stated, so I'll let the rest sink in. Peace to Anh and his family.

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