Today is move in day at Key Hyundai of Manchester. We are moving into our new building. In fact, I am writing this post from my new office. It’s been a high emotion day. This building is the culmination (I should say midpoint) of a lot of hard work and perseverence.
All day I’ve been saying, “out with the old and in with the new.” Then, a mechanic came up to me and said, “where should we put Rui’s rock?” I said, “what is that?” He went on to explain that when he came to Key Hyundai of Manchester, there was this brick that a former mechanic, Rui Balula, had engraved with the word Key (for Key Hyundai).
At that moment, I realized that we don’t want to throw all the old away. Rui was my age. He was an amazing mechanic. He was super smart, very technical and would do anything for anyone. One day, about six or seven years ago I got a call on a Sunday. Rui had died in his sleep. We were all devastated. His arteries were 98% blocked. His wife found an appointment at a cardiologist marked in his day planner for the following week. He must have not felt well but he never let on to anyone. He left a wife and two elementary aged kids.
My run today, up Welles Road in Vernon and onto the rail trail is in honor of Rui Balula. It’s in honor of the what is sacred in the old and what will be amazing in the new. Take care of yourself today. If not for you, then for those who love you and need you in their lives. And, if you need a push to get up and going, remember the story of Rui.