John McCain

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