Pride Means Nothing If It Gets In The Way Of Love
“Pride means nothing if it gets in the way of love.” ~ Chris Belanger
Chris Belanger was one of my best friends growing up. We played hockey together. We went to school together. He was my mate.
Chris has an older brother, Roger Belanger, who was drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Penguins the same year as Mario Lemieux. All of the kids in the hockey community of Welland, Ontario, idolized Roger when we were young punks. He was a stud in Junior hockey, and was drafted into the NHL! When he signed his first contract Roger bought a black SS for his parents with his signing bonus, which at the time, was one of the coolest cars, and coolest things I’d seen someone do for their parents.
A few days ago Roger passed away from a heart attack.
His brother Chris made a Youtube video remembering his “great big brother”-it is painful, terrible, and beautiful all at once-and at the end of his tribute and pain, around the 7:20 mark, Chris makes some simple yet profound observations.
People really need to make an effort in life to be nice to people. To tell people you love them when you do. To take care of your family. To set little petty things aside.
Pride means nothing if it gets in the way of love… pride is nothing when it gets in the way of love.
I have cried with Chris a few times the last few days…
I really wish I was in Welland today. I wouldn’t say anything. But I wish I could give my old friend a hug and sit silently with him as he mourned…