Employers and observers may not always view things the same way.
Years ago when I was in retail management, I was really impressed with a man who worked in the warehouse. I noticed that no matter what he did, his productivity was consistent at 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. His boss later told me when he first started as the manager of the warehouse, he valued those who were speed demons. He thought that, Mr. N., was slow. Finally, one of the old timers (a union man) pulled him aside and said, "Look at the results. The speed demons last for about an hour each day and then taper off to nothing. Mr. N. on the other hand receives a load of merchandise and by the end of the day, everything is checked in and priced. The pile that was on his left is completed and ready for the floor and is now on his right."
Ryan in my opinion was one of the bright lights in the gym and from what I saw, he was always attuned to working well and consistently. I do believe that when God shuts a door, He opens a window and Ryan will be guided through that window.
Our wonderful memories of Ryan and our wishes for good things will support him as he travels through that window.