There's a lot of strength in this man--strength & candour & good humor. A lot of us have taken him to heart because he just feels so authentic--and authenticity is an increasingly rare commodity in public life.
Advertising guru Terry O'Reilly had a segment on CBC recently about how sharply tuned we humans are to authenticity. When something sounds contrived, we are quick to reduce our expectations about the truth factor.
Authenticity is at the heart of what writer/researcher Brené Brown calls whole-heartedness. The people who live the fullest lives with the greatest resilience and impact on their world have this one quality in common: they engage their lives whole-heartedly, embracing their mistakes, celebrating their successes, & appreciating the value of every moment, no matter how trivial.
Jack Layton certainly lived whole-heartedly, and judging by the open letter he wrote to us all a couple of days ago, he lived that way until he died. Here's his parting wish:
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.