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After reading and re-reading the letter from Jack Layton, I am convinced that there is a message in it for more than just Canadians and just young people. It was a 'large' letter that tells me that what it has meant to be a Canadian, American, Brit or what ever... won't cut it in the future. It was telling us that we have to be bigger than we have become...
His final paragraph 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." This is clearly a different tact than what we have fallen into in the western world... and without fundamental change, that comes from within, from individuals, and certainly from leadership... we will become a horrible place to live. It is time to find leaders who actually live by these credo... not just talk them.
It is possible that it will take time to have this in our political, religious and business leadership. We can however start it in the sphere that we control ourselves. I like to think of it as someone walking around with a cloud over there head... and everyone with whom they come into contact, getting wet. With a simple smile, the sun comes out!
So once again, we have control, we can start things ourselves... and once we start, and we expect others to do the same, perhaps we can change the world... we can do a Jack!