A Note to Senator Kennedy

With Senator Edward Kennedy’s passing today, America has lost a fighter; A man from a legendary family who dedicated his life to making a difference.  His personal flaws may have stymied some of his political potential – but even with his personal setbacks he never gave up, he was determined to make a difference in the space that he had. 

Edward Kennedy dedicated his life to healthcare and to fighting for the less privileged, and in the end he made a decision that exhibited the utmost of internal fortitude by breaking away from the expected course of action – endorsing Hilary Clinton – and following his gut to endorse Senator Barack Obama as the best candidate to become the next President of the United States.  That endorsement made every bit of difference in the election.  It was a powerful moment because it was clear that Senator Kennedy was making a decision that he knew was right for the country, in spite of his personal ties to the Clintons.

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(photo:  Brendan Smialowski for New York Times)

And that’s what powerful men and women do, they make tough decisions.  They take the road less traveled, paving the way for those that will surely follow them. 

That Senator Kennedy could live his life, and become a success in spite of the pain that he experienced should be a glowing example to all of us.  I often wonder how he worked his way through the pain of losing his brothers, and in the end I tell myself not to dwell on the details but to be inspired by the outcome. 

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(photo:  Associated Press Image)

My hope is that Senator Kennedy’s home going was eased by the thought that he had done what he could to make this country better.  One of my favorite quotes comes from his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, whose words so perfectly captured the sentiments of people that fight to make a difference:

“Some men see things as they are and ask why, I dream things that never were and ask why not”

Thank you for believing in the dream Senator Kennedy.

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