I was just going to place these thoughts in a comment following the last post (on Jack Layton), but it was getting long enough to be a blog post! So here is a bonus post, that I hope will move and inspire you to propagate the hope that Jack Layton attempted to instil in us during his life, and in his passing.
I was moved and inspired by the 2-hour state funeral that Canada held yesterday (August 27, 2011) in honour of Jack Layton, leader of the NDP, Canada’s official Opposition party. It was SO nice to see it was topic trending as #2 in the world on Twitter yesterday! If you want to see what the world was saying search #Laytonfarewell.
Here are a few of the highlights as I saw them.
1) The memorial opened with “Into the Mystic” a Van Morrison favourite of Jack’s. (One of my favs, too!) Jack had so much passion for music, and his memorial service was just as much a concert as it was a tribute to a great man.
2) I was really moved by the words of Layton’s 2 children. His daughter, Sarah Layton, described her father as follows: “The busiest man in the world would always make time for what matters most.” She was speaking about how Jack always managed to find time for the people in his life, never saying he was ‘too busy’ for anyone. We can all take an example from that. I have one friend in particular, who, no matter when you talk to her, all she can talk about is how busy she is. That certainly does not encourage an open dialogue.
3) The strength, dignity & composure of Olivia Chow during the past week, and during the memorial. Can you imagine having TV cameras and microphones in your face while you are grieving the loss of your husband?
4) Lorraine Segato’s singing of “Rise Up” had me on my feet and sobbing. I’m downloading the song for my iPod today. How about you?
5) The officiating clergy at the service, Reverend Brent Hawkes, inspired me with this comment: “The torch is now passed. The job of making the world a better place is up to us.”
How true. What will YOU do to try and keep the feeling alive and make our world a better place?