We spoke about the values that Nick held, tolerance for the underdog, a positive attitude and zest for life. A warm nature and a fun-loving approach...he ALWAYS had a smile on. Kevin shared with me that sometimes, now, when he might loose patience or begin to focus too much on what he wants, he remembers Nick and how selfless and caring he was. Kevin adjusts his approach to how he sees the world and the actions he chooses to take as a result of Nick's influence.
It does not take a long time to create a positive change in people, Nick was not here long...But there are many Stonington High School students that he has shaped dramatically for the better. And for that I say a prayer of gratitude for Nick Girard and the gift he has given my son just by being his friend.
I encourage you to reflect upon who has influenced your life...then take an action to thank them for just being themself and sharing it with you.
The self-discovery process is sometimes brutally honest and sometimes honestly beautiful. To the beauty in life.