Fighting against the odds
On a Monday morning in August, a rebel army enters the capital city of Libya, determined to oust a dictator. They are fighting a civil war that has raged for months, prevailing against steep odds and numerous setbacks.
The battle is not over.
The world watches, and waits.
One man, a dream, and a life cut short
On a Monday morning in August, a man dies of cancer in Toronto. A man who dedicated his life to public service, who was a steadfast and fiery advocate of social justice. A man who took his political party from just 13 seats when he won its leadership in 2003 to 103 seats in May 2011, becoming the Official Opposition in Canada’s Parliament for the first time in history.
Just over three months after his historic victory, he is dead.
Two wheels and a mission
On a Monday morning in August, a group of men on bicycles rides through a small community in Nova Scotia. A sign proclaims their journey: San Francisco to St. John’s. It is a remarkable trek across a continent and an international border, raising funds for at-risk youth along the way.
Some are marathoner-thin, all are weather-worn, and they’re just days from their destination.
This Monday morning in August is marked by uncertainty, struggle, heartache, and hope.
“There are great challenges before you.”Â
Canadian readers will already know this: the man who died was Jack Layton, known to most of us as simply “Jack” (coincidentally, Jack was well known as an avid cyclist and cycling advocate in Toronto).
Knowing his life was nearing its end, he wrote a letter to Canadians, his party, his supporters, and to everyone who wants to make our world a better, more compassionate place.
Near the end of the letter is a favourite quote of Jack’s, borrowed from Tommy Douglas, the father of Canadian Medicare:
Â ”Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.”
About the author:Â Stacey Cornelius is a writer and artist who believes successful creative ventures run far deeper than snazzy sales pitches. She helps empower artists, designers, writers and craftspeople to do their best work and show it to the world.