What is the meaning of life? Why are we here?
I found an ordinary man who discovered the answer.
I had just finished making a presentation to an MBA class at UAB when I mentioned to the professor, Dr. Allen Johnston, that I really missed Mickey. Mickey Gee, who recently passed away, was the owner of the Pants Store retail chain and a business instructor who taught along with Dr. Johnston.
Dr. Johnston said he couldn’t believe the vacuum that Mickey left. He said Mickey performed so many duties that it’s been nearly impossible to fill in the pieces. He said, “I don’t think any of us realized how much Mickey did. We really miss him.”
Elizabeth Fisher, instructional design manager for the UAB School of Business, told The Birmingham News, “He was one of the most dedicated instructors I’ve ever worked with and I don’t think anybody has a clue the impact this will have, not just in the UAB School of Business but on the community as well. I’ve heard people say he is one man that truly has no enemies.”
I’ve known Mickey most of my adult life—long before he became an educator. I didn’t see him every day, but I felt his presence through his business and his civic involvement.
He was kind, generous, and a good person. He always made me feel good when I was around him.
We are on this earth a short time. But Mickey figured out why we are here. His goal in life was to make a difference in the lives of others—whether it was his students, his friends, or his family. And those of us who knew Mickey—and even many others who didn’t–will miss him.
It may be an impossible goal to achieve, but when I grow up I want to be like Mickey.
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