The loss of a leader.

My Monday morning was rocked today, as I’m sure it was for many Canadians, by the news that Jack Layton has lost his battle with cancer. This news comes as somewhat of a shock because I think many of us just had the mindset that Jack could beat anything. But he was just a man. A great man, but still human. In light of this, I’m very glad I took the time a few weeks ago to write about how he has inspired me.

My heart instantly goes to his family, and the days that they have ahead of them. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and their mourning will be shared on some level with many fellow Canadians.

Jack, strongly raising his cane in celebration after the amazing
results of the 2011 Federal Election.

Just as I thought I had finished my subtle tears throughout the morning, I came across Jack’s final letter that he prepared two days ago. It amazes me that even in the final days of his fight, he was still thinking of Canadians. He was still willing to take the time to share his wisdom and inspiration for us to read. Everyone should take a moment and read the parting words of one of Canada’s greatest politicians.

“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.” ~ Jack Layton, August 20, 2011.

In an ideal world, people this incredibly exceptional would never have to leave us.
Read Jack’s full letter here.

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