I guess it’s inevitable. I just wish there was something to punctuate the death at the moment. I seem to be blogging about it alot recently.
Today Trey Pennington took his own life. He leaves a large family and countless ‘friends‘ behind. Some will call that selfish, some will understand the complexities of depression and know there is no rationale for a mind in the space that Trey’s was today.
You can judge the guy all you want in his darkest hour. I will only remember him as how I briefly knew him. Warm, giving, compassionate, sensitive, driven, and incredible genuine for someone ultimately selling ideas.
When I first met him at the Like Minds conference in Exeter I immediately measured him with the marketeers measuring stick I sometimes mentally carry around when I am feeling cynical.
It was after only a couple of brief conversations I had to take him aside and thank him for showing me how naive I was at judging people who worked in his field. I told him he had altered my perceptions and that I felt honoured to have met him. I know he was moved at what I said, as he told me and I believed him.
I wish I was able to reference some of the unrecorded conversations we had. But the context and content has been forgotten. All I seem to be able to do is recall how they made me feel. As a result Treys death has affected me more than I’d like to admit.
What kind of connections are we making in these channels if we fail to see a friend in need? Just because someone doesn’t reach out does not mean we can’t reach in.
RIP Trey. I’m raising a glass to you but my thoughts are with your family. I hope that knowing how appreciated you were by those you came into contact with will help them heal their hurt.
..and finally, read this blog post
Sorry for yet another loss of someone you met and were touched by. Condolences to his family and friends.
Paul Clarke says
Lovely piece, Christian. I spotted you both in Exeter – mutually captivated. http://www.flickr.com/photos/paul_clarke/4387916965
Brian Ginn says
I know 1st hand you can’t stop this even if you “know”. Sad news.
Matt Young says
That video made me smile and cry at the same time… thanks for the reminder.
Steven Buehler says
I posted a response yesterday (http://bit.ly/o0NmaU) and a follow-up this morning (http://bit.ly/qCHCMJ).