Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jack Layton's Words and Diabetes

Today is the year anniversary of Jack Layton's death. While I may not fully support all NDP initiatives in Canada, I lean somewhere between red and orange.

However, Nobody can deny that Jack Layton was an inspirational, powerful and charismatic leader. The day he died I was still reeling from my father's cancer diagnosis several months previous and it hit  home. I remember sobbing uncontrollably at my desk until I read this letter:

So, I leave you with his final paragraph to really sink in:

"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."

I feel that Jack's words resonate with me every day now. I often reflect back to this letter. I have it saved in my email for when I am feeling down and remember that he was facing his death. He obviously knew he was in his final hours and yet still he encouraged others to be positive and not feel despair. I think that as diabetics living in a world where people are shamed for being fat, having different bodies, and are blamed for their diabetes we need to keep his words in our minds.

The world needs more leaders like Jack.

Jack in April 2011. Image courtesy of


  1. Every time I read his letter I start to bawl. I can't help it. We definitely need more people like him in the world and in Canadian politics.

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