Vote for Love, Hope and Optimism

I tend to avoid politics on this blog. But when a country loses the leader of a federal party, the official opposition no less, it’s tragic no matter which way you vote. And when it’s a guy with intelligence, confidence and charisma who manages to build and then leave an impressive legacy, it transcends partisanship. I’m not saying I marked his name on every ballot. Whether I did or not is irrelevant. What matters is that he made a difference to a whole lot of people, many of whom are heartbroken this week.

Why am I writing this here? Because Jack Layton’s final direct message to the country was made public yesterday. And to me, it’s all about his closing paragraph:

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”

It’s a touching message of inspiration. It’s entirely true.

And it’s one hell of a parting gift.

7 responses to “Vote for Love, Hope and Optimism

  1. Lisa, I could not agree with you more. In the midst of personal tragedy, Jack took the time to write an intensely eloquent letter from the heart. And to me, that speaks volumes about the character of the man and will be his true legacy. Millions will be tuned in to watch the State funeral on Saturday, with nary a dry eye. An incredible loss! 😦

  2. Amen to that! Jack will be greatly missed. He was the one politician I trusted and liked. I believe the polls show that others felt the same.

  3. Love these comments. Thank you for joining in. I think most people would agree, regardless of personal politics, that Jack Layton was a pretty decent guy.

  4. I was very touched by his heartfelt words. I agree that no matter what political party you support, Jack Layton was a decent guy who was devoted to the people of this great country of ours.

  5. I agree wholeheartedly. He was a good person who was in it for the right reasons. We need more people like that. What a shame to lose him when he was such a rare breed of politician.

  6. How about carrying on his life’s work and now, Prime Directive; dedicate to finishing his community and political work across every nook and cranny of this country; street by street, municipality by municipality, province by province, all the way to Ottawa, until a much more inclusive, generous, kinder and caring Canada is realized. That is what Jack was about.

    Quite simply, he is, was and will always be the greatest Prime Minister Canada never had.

  7. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Peter. It’s amazing to hear about the impact that Jack Layton made on so many Canadians – and lovely to know that so many of us share a vision of a more compassionate country.

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