Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Words to Live By

"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."

What a beautiful quote full of sincerity from Jack Layton, leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP), the Opposition party of the Canadian Government. Jack Layton passed away yesterday at the age of 61, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Even though Canadians tend to be somewhat liberal to conservative and the NDP is more on the left, Jack Layton managed to carve a good slice of the votes at the last federal elections. He was well loved and well respected by all.

He wrote a beautiful letter to Canadians before passing away. The above quote is how he concluded his letter. I can't help but think that a dying man must be graced with a certain wisdom and clarity of mind that the rest of us just don't possess, in order to write such beautiful words. 

So today, as flags all over the country are flying at half-mast in his honour, let's take a moment to remember the words of a bright, passionate and determined man and try to live by them. Wouldn't they make a good mantra?


  1. Thank you for your lovely tribute to Jack Layton. It's still difficult to believe that he is gone, but it's been wonderful to hear everyone, regardless of political affiliation, speak of him with such respect and admiration. He has left a giant void in the political landscape, but also a exemplary legacy for us to honour.

  2. What a beautiful quote. I am going to write it down in large letters and post it in our home. Those are truly words to live by. Mr. Layton sounds like a very wise man. What a loss.