This past week the country said goodbye to John McCain. A man of character, values and strength. A war hero who committed his life to the service of something bigger than himself. As I watched the funeral service and listened to the speeches touting his virtues - I loved that people were also very honest about his human foibles - his temper and his very public "mistakes" (marital affairs, financial corruption, and a VP choice that stood against so much of what McCain believed). It was nice to be reminded that people can make mistakes in life and still live a life that is worth living.
McCain was a man that had the ability to apologize, own his mistakes and make necessary changes. THIS IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT ... not being perfect (because no one is) but creating a life that stands up to fear and other emotions that are not helpful.
Back in the 80's I worked in politics and had the opportunity to sit and interview John McCain. He was kind, gentle, and very committed to helping people. His enthusiasm and strength was very apparent.
I love the following quote from McCain and invite you to live by it as much as possible:
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears."
- Senator John McCain