On Passion and a Life Well Lived.
Love is better than anger.
Optimism is better than despair.
So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic.
And we’ll change the world.
Jack Layton, Canadian Opposition Party Leader on Aug 20th, 2011, a day before he passed away from cancer at age 61. (Via the National Post).
Now, I don’t know much about Canadian politics but am struck by the outpouring of love and respect from supporters AND detractors of this man, especially the detractors.
The entire country has come together to acknowledge Jack’s incredible legacy, honouring him with a state funeral, usually reserved for Prime Ministers & Governor Generals.
I’m fascinatedly (yes, I make up words) trying to find out all about his life, his path, how he came to be such a man with the presence that he had.
You know what I found?
He wasn’t loud. He wasn’t brash. In fact, they called him meek mannered.
He had courage. Integrity.
He believed in something bigger than him.
And he oozed PASSION!
Passion for Canada, for Canadians.
He went doing what he loved, as long as he could. His life reads like a man on a mission.
THAT’S a Legend. A life well lived.
It gives me shivers. Makes me teary. When you are passionately living life full out, people are drawn to you, inspired by you, lit up and empowered!
You change lives. Others. And yours.
The happiest people in the world have TWO things in common - a passion/goal and seeing progress towards it.
I ask you now – are you living the life you want? Do you wake up excited to start your day?
What are you passionate about?
If you could do anything, be anyone, have whatever you wanted with no limitations – what would it be? Not the wild flights of fancy that are escapist dreams, but what your soul says to you when you get really quiet and listen to it.
I’d love you to reply to this post and tell me.
I’d like to gather all the responses and turn them into a special edition blog post or free pdf giveaway to inspire others to live with passion. This is the sort of action a man like Jack Layton has inspired in someone who had barely heard of him till yesterday.
If you are wondering how to find your passion, here are 5 ways to do just that.
Here are some excerpts from his last letter to Canadians. I can’t read without crying.
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.
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.
Cherish every moment with those you love.
Young people have been a great source of inspiration for me. I have met and talked with so many of you about your dreams, your frustrations, and your ideas for change.
I want to share with you my belief in your power to change this country and this world.
You too will be helping so many people, giving them permission to share their passion, simply by sharing yours.
Life’s too short (and long!) to not spend it doing what you love.
Following your dreams.
No matter what you’re doing or how far you are from your goal, today is the day you can start doing something about it.
This is my heart’s desire for you.
What is yours? Please share below in the comments, thank you.
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