Kennedy had personal failings but he worked hard to right his path. And over his lifetime he became a better man. Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin thinks he will be remembered for his strengths and his weaknesses; quoting Ernest Hemingway, “everyone is broken by life but afterwards some are stronger in the broken places.”
Gain perspective, whether you’re hit in the face with a crisis or making a slow transition into the next chapter of your life. Expect a cascade of feelings – anxiety, the desire to hold on, resentment, sadness, fear, even a sense of freedom. The emotional roller coaster ride is normal. If you have the fortitude to step back, take a deep breath and face the situation squarely, you can’t help but grow from the challenges.
Senator Kennedy was a study in strength sustained through struggle. And you too can overcome adversity. If you’ve made mistakes, be prepared to acknowledge them and act responsibly. Don’t surrender to self pity and regret. As Kennedy often told his young son who lost his leg to cancer – keep fighting, you can do it. You too can tap into your spirit of resilience. Focus on your vision and the possibilities. Perhaps your family and friends will also see you as an icon of your generation.
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