Monday, August 22, 2011

Jack Layton, RIP -- August 22, 2011

I was sad to learn that Jack Layton, leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, advocate for the homeless and underprivileged, and good guy, died from cancer.

He left a wonderful letter to the people of Canada. My favorite parts:

"To other Canadians who are on journeys to defeat cancer and to live their lives, I say this: please don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped. You must not lose your own hope. Treatments and therapies have never been better in the face of this disease. You have every reason to be optimistic, determined, and focused on the future. My only other advice is to cherish every moment with those you love at every stage of your journey, as I have done this summer."

"Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done."

"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."

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