“He’s a different person. The change is amazing.” VP Human Resources
Smart, driven, aggressive, acerbic, on the attack.
Twice he told people to”Sit down and shut the f— up.”
It was a problem of the heart.
It started long ago when
He grew up
On Mean Street.
He had to be tough to survive so
He grew armor around his heart.
Then he sharpened his tongue, and
Used it as a sword.
I was there on his behalf,
To find him.
So he put down the sword, and when he did I asked
“Would you let me see behind the armor? You can have it back if you need it.”
A picture of two children on his desk.
“If they came home from school and said,
‘Dad, the teacher told me to sit down and shut the f— up?”
Tears filled his eyes
Dissolved the armor
Behind it was his heart
Crying for his children, for his child, for those he had hurt
He said “I am afraid to lose my edge.
It is what got me here.”
I replied “It won’t get you there, where you want to be.”
He is there.
A place called Self.
Not a different person
To touch the human heart
An honor and a privilege
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