A Good Man. Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 9, 2016
Poets, politicians, scientists, adventurers, cobblers, tinkers – are the stronghold upon which we build our hopes and dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson would have recognized him, would have been proud to know him. He wrote:
“To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Yesterday John Glenn died – the facts?
|In memoriam: John Glenn.|
|The first American to orbit Earth died on Thursday at 95.|
|Mr. Glenn also had a decades-long career as a U.S. senator from Ohio. At 77, he got his wish to return to orbit and became the oldest person to go into space.|
|Despite his incredible achievements, he often played down his heroic status. “I don’t think of myself that way,” he said in an interview a few years ago. “I get up each day and have the same problems others have at my age.”|
This simple description covers a life of service, of commitment to God and family and country. A man grows not only in major events, but in the everyday promise to care for wife and family, to work honestly, to give the other guy credit, to be on the team, to go into space and return richer by far. A good man. We are blessed to have know him, even from afar. We are called to be friends, brothers and sisters, working out our destiny on this earth not by acquiring riches, but by bringing a bit of greatness into each day.
God go with you.