Your grandfather, my father, has taught me many things over the years, mostly by example rather than in words. He is a consistent man, strong in character, who most definitely walks the walk. One tremendous lesson that I have carried with me is that relationships are more valuable than the deal.
No matter what you achieve, no matter your accomplishments, no matter how hard you work, you will always have others to thank for your success.
One of the most humbling things in my life is that, when I look back over the things that I think I have accomplished, I realize that so much of it has very little to do with me and very much to do with those that were willing to take a chance on me or pour into me.
I write this letter with more sorrow in my heart than usual. The reason is that this is a lesson that I have had to learn over and over again throughout my life so far and will likely continue to learn.
There have already been too many times in my life where I was not wise enough to hear both sides of the story of a situation or to go to the source of information that was passed on to me. I suspect that it was out of fear and laziness that I have not always made the effort to verify information shared with me about a third person and the result is often hurt and/or loss of relationship.