“I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.”
Some of you may have read this statement—or heard it read by Rick Davis, a friend of Senator John McCain’s—at some point over the past week after the late Senator’s death was announced on Aug. 25.
Paying little notion to the party line spectrum, whether we vote Democratic, Republican or Independent, hopefully most of us can read that statement and feel it applies to our own lives.
While not a single one of us are the picture of absolute perfection, how calming it is to understand that despite our flaws and set-backs, as humans we are capable of correcting our past mistakes. With a positive outlook and a little wisdom, we are able to find hope and lessons learned even in the murkiest of situations.
Hopefully, as Mr. McCain so eloquently wrote, we may each describe our own experiences, adventures and friendships as satisfying and fulfilling. Whether or not he intended to do so, this author asks us to pause and ponder the lives we’ve touched in a meaningful way.
How have we served our neighbors and fellow Americans? How have we taken our own experiences from being served by our neighbors? Are we grateful enough? Do we value our lives as well as the lives of those around us?
These questions may not always be easy to answer, but they are worth asking each and every day. With highest hopes, most of humanity is able to read this statement and say to themselves, “Yes. My life was worth living 10 times over. Mistakes and all.”