Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: August 27, 2018 – John McCain, a Healer

 a Healer

a Healer

In light of a life of greatness, I can’t help but write about Senator John McCain. He exemplified the healing that we’ve been talking about and is so much needed to address the polarization and deep divides today. He was a Healer—calming rather than inciting.

John McCain sees people’s miss-guided fear and he models a higher perspective. He doesn’t add to the rancor, he helps heal it. 

He readily admits he is not perfect but is in the arena doing his best to bring civility and rational thinking to the issues of the day. Leaders who show vulnerability and imperfection invite followers.

McCain was a Healer, a model rather than a critic and his efforts could be summed up here……….

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt.

McCain wasn’t timid. He was bold and outspoken. He may disagree with you but he wasn’t disagreeable. That in itself is enough to heal in today’s world.

Let’s all model a little McCain this week!