Not long ago I reconnected with Tom Fitzsimmons, an old high school buddy, on Facebook. I hadn’t been in contact with him since graduation. After exchanging the usual catch-up messages, we began routinely following each others’ posts. It wasn’t long until I realized two things about the man my friend had become over the years.
First, he had developed a uniquely gentle wisdom. When he left a comment in reaction to someone’s post it was almost always positive, supportive, and delivered with an invisible, between-the-lines smile of encouragement.
Second, his many years of working, raising family, surviving struggles, and observing his country going through changes and upheavals had left him with some powerful insights. And he usually presented these insights quite logically, with respect for any opposing points of view, and almost always flavored with a twist of optimism and enthusiasm.
Tom's Unique Tribute to a Friend
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