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Too many losses

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

It’s not been a good couple of days.

The loss of three co-workers was beyond appalling.

All three leave a fantastic legacy – Lockyer, Bean & Ticehurst – sounds like a wonderful front row (rugby union reference) to this old round the groundsman.

Then one of the great creative powerhouses of Australian broadcasting left the scene.

And now one of the political giants of our age is gone.

Jack Layton.

You’ve probably never heard of him.

You should.

He took an also-ran party forever obsessed with social justice to be the official opposition in Canada.

That was an amazing achievement.

However, his greatest success came as he stared down the ultimate test.

Jack Layton was in his last few days of life, battling cancer, but he didn’t ignore the future.

He was determined not to go not too gently.

He sent this letter to his fellow Canadians as he lay in the shadows of death.

It may have been to the Canucks, but much of the letter concerns us all.

Here’s what this unknown politician from a far away land said:

“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.”

Simple, effective, true.

If you want to know more go back (and do what we all too readily do these days) … click on the link.

The good that comes from loss is what we learn.

Can we please learn … please.

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