Coming home from church at Unity this last Sunday in January, I flip on ESPN2 to stunning learn that Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna have died two hours ago in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA, 55 miles from where we are in Carpinteria for the winter.
Throughout the day, Kobe is celebrated for his role as a father and husband, what a curious mind he had, and his uber-successful basketball career. Many colleagues and former players say that he was so much more than a basketball player including being an Academy Award winner for best animated short film in 2018.
Checking back in this morning after, I get a sobering reminder from Nicole Briscoe, an ESPN Sports Center anchor. First, seven others died in the crash and their families mourn and ache for their loss. And second (paraphrased), let’s stop waiting to celebrate people in death, but let them know how much they mean to us while they are alive.
Message received, thank you Nicole.