Trey Pennington Was Not Alone

He offers us advice on one way to help avoid this tragedy in the future:

“Here’s something you can do right now, right where you are, and you don’t even need a book to show you how: when that next person walks into your office, calls you on the phone, or sends you an email, stop to seriously ponder the question, “Why am I glad this person is on the planet?”

When you have the answer to that question, take it from your mind, put it into words, and give those words to that person.”

– Trey Pennington

Trey, a fellow 8pm Warrior, killed himself this morning at a church in Greenville, SC. He was an amazing speaker, thinker, writer, and warrior.  He had a beautiful mind. Trey also suffered from depression.

This tragedy reminds me of a quote:

Be kind.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

– Plato

When I wrote the “Fighting a Hard Battle?  You’re Not Alone!” post in June, I was not surprised by how many of my fellow warriors felt the same way.  Pain is all around us.

  • We must learn to share our battles.
  • We must find the time to be kind.
  • We must push ourselves to avoid tragedies like this.

If you need someone to talk to, let’s talk.  You’re worth it.

No warrior left behind.

Have a kind night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Fighting a hard battle? You’re not alone!

In this tough global recession, many talented 8pm Warriors around the world are struggling with very difficult battles.  Dreams shattered.  Relationships broken.  Visions fading.

I have my struggles and I’m not alone.

Be kind.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

– Plato

It’s interesting that thousands of years ago, Plato understood a fact of life that is forgotten by many today.  Even the most successful among us are fighting hard battles, yet sometimes social media and shallow modern communication methods make us feel alone on the battlefield.

We only share the good things.

After all, how many successful people do you know checking into a bankruptcy attorney’s office on foursquare, tweeting about their marriage counseling, or posting screen shots of their empty bank accounts on Facebook?  When people only share the bright side, it makes it easy to forget the battles we’re all facing simultaneously.

But let us not forget!  Let’s be kind, pick each other up, and make a difference in the lives of those around us.  Now’s the time to build character and relationships for the future.  Good times are ahead!

Let me know if I can help. 8pm Warriors have to stick together.

Have a great night,

Aaron@Biebert

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Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle

During my Monday morning reading, I came across the following quote:

“Be kind.  Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

– Plato

I’ll confess that for some odd reason, it gives me comfort.  If true, this ancient quote declares that I’m not alone!  And, neither are you… 

Literally hundreds of us will fight similar battles against deadlines, shortages, budgets, staff issues, self doubt, and so much more.  And from time to time, we’ll need each other to get through it. 

It’s a great reminder why we started the Clear Medical Network and the many associated peer support groups on Linkedin and Facebook.  We all need someone to lean on.

If we can help, lean on us…

one source of support

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About the Author:  Aaron lives in Milwaukee, WI with his wife and two children and is the President & CEO of Clear Medical Solutions.  When he’s not leading new initiatives, he periodically takes on interim leadership or consulting projects.  He also enjoys teaching, speaking, writing, and sharing his passion for people and their healthcare.