Sunday Snippet: Jack Layton

“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.”

You may not agree with some of his political viewpoints, but I think we can all agree that Jack Layton loved his country. He worked incredibly hard on what he believed was best for the country and he worked tirelessly to improve the position of the NDP.

It’s almost a sad irony how his tale turned out. After all those years of relentless dedication, he was finally able to become the Leader of the Official Opposition in the most recent federal election. And then, he succumbed to cancer and passed away shortly thereafter.

I’ve featured other Canadian politicians in this space before, like Justin Trudeau and Gordon Campbell, but I don’t think any of them had the same kind of unwavering optimism and positive energy that Mr. Layton exuded. In the quote above, he reminds us of the importance of keeping a positive, hopeful, and optimistic outlook on life.

Love is indeed better than anger. Hope, even if it is based on false pretenses, is better than unwarranted fear. Keep your head up and keep moving forward for the betterment of all. Jack, you and I may not have always seen eye to eye, but you will be sorely missed. Rest in peace.