Lessons from George H.W. Bush

History, at the most basic level, is simply telling the story of people's lives. Because people's lives matter, history matters. We sometimes get turned off by history books, the dates, the spelling...but there's something in all of us that yearns to hear and tell the personal story of those who have made an impact in our life, country, and world. Eulogies provide an opportunity for us to do just that. In those moments of reflection, we are able to honor someone's life by sharing it and learning from them.

George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States died November 30, 2018. His son, George W. Bush, gave a powerful and emotional eulogy. Take a look at some of these reflections that are worth learning from:

"He accepted that failure is a part of living a full life, but taught us never to be defined by failure."

"He recognized that serving others enriched the giver's soul."

"In victory, he shared credit. When he lost, he shouldered the blame."

"In his inaugural address, the 41st President of the United States said this:

  • 'We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car/ a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it is to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home/his neighborhood/ and his town better than he found it.'

  • 'What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better and stayed a moment there to trade a word friendship?'


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