Yesterday, I attended the funeral of a young man whose life was taken at the age of 21.  He lived in Asbury Park, NJ.  Asbury Park is a small city on the Jersey Shore that wrestles with all the challenges of an inner city community: poverty, unemployment, crime, drugs, gangs and violence.

Yesterday (after attending the funeral), I had a business meeting with a talented, brilliant professional at the Starbucks in Sea Girt, NJ.  Sea Girt is a small borough on the Jersey Shore that is “blessed with small town charm, rural beauty, and a rich community life with an abundance of recreational activities enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”

The distance between Asbury Park and Sea Girt…just 6.6 miles.

How can two worlds be so close together…yet so far apart?