I was in Maui yesterday when I learned that Shua Polonsky passed away. He seemed to be in perfect health when we celebrated Sukkos together in Cleveland last month.
It’s never easy to process the sudden loss of a young life. It seems surreal, that I’ll wake up and he’ll still be around. Especially in an era of social media, you can read through someone’s writing and feel like they’re right there next to you.
Shua grew up with me in Cleveland. He was 31 and had 2 kids with his wife Simi.
He always had an incredible positive outlook on life. Always upbeat and seemingly never down. His smile was truly contagious.
I helped Shua book a trip to Europe with his wife back when they were living in Cleveland. Always appreciative and always excited about life:
Even his email address accurately spread his life message, “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
At times like this it seems so hard to see the good. I have had life experiences where the good of something only becomes clear many years later, but how do you find the good in this? It seems so sad and senseless.
But if there’s anyone that would have been able to, it was Shua. And for whatever reason, G-d wanted his soul closer to him. I’m sure that Shua is making heaven a happier place than it was before he arrived.
And if there’s one thing we can learn, it’s to always put a smile on your face and think positively. Because good things happen when you think positively.
I’ll drink a L’Chaim for Shua before Shabbos today and I hope you will too.