Friday, October 3, 2014

The Gift

It's been a couple weeks since I went public with my health challenges in my last blog post and I've experienced the most amazing gift since that moment.  Imagine for a moment that everyone you have ever impacted or influenced in your life were to reach out at once and tell you the effect you have had on their lives.  People you haven't seen or spoken to in 35+ years sharing stories about you as a child. Friends from high school and college that haven't been a part of your life since you were students together.  Colleagues from companies past and present telling you how you have shaped their careers and sometimes their lives.  And every relative close and far sharing what you mean to them.  It's overwhelming.  It's humbling.  It's a gift.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in our day-to-day lives that you fail to recognize the impact that your life has had on those around you and thereby on your world.  It's a shame that most people will never get the gift that I have received.  Most of us will pass through life without realizing our own impact on the world.  I'm lucky.  It's a gift I will cherish for the rest of my days.

5 comments:

Penny Bayless Clackley said...

Matt, you're a gift to everyone who has had the pleasure of being in your presence. You mean so much to so many people. I look forward to seeing you and the rest of your family asap. Xoxo sweet cousin ;)

Anonymous said...

If you're still alive, can you bequeath me your MAME cabinet?

Daniel Baskette said...

Matt, I am very sorry to hear about all of this. We only met the one time in the Airport on the way home from Kickoff (plus some concalls), but I have heard nothing but great things about you elsewhere. I admire your courage and hope the best for you and your family. I too can speak to the generosity of our employer. My house burned down in March and I lost basically everything and Pivotal was there for me as well.

Matthew Quinlan said...

LMAO, I just noticed the comment about the MAME cabinet! That cracked me up :)

Anonymous said...

Matt:

Hey long lost friend. It's Ryan Hand here. I've heard a little about what's going on. My family and I are praying for you.

Sorry it's been so long since we've touched base. I always grin when I think about hanging out with you as tweens in Danville. You always board me silly on your computer. But for a computer geek, you sure could moon walk!!

Miss you my friend. Send me an email some time. Rth@lorancethompson.com. keep fighting the good fight my brother! !

God bless