Barbara Bush left words to live by — and so much more
The amphitheatre of politics has never been a good place for the thin-skinned or those whose egos bruise easily.
But seldom has the show been more knock-’em-in-the-mud-and-leave-’em-for-dead dirty than that played by too many of today’s gladiatorial partisans.
Pumped on the ‘roids of my-party rhetoric, the primary goal of the game seems to be to rack up the “wins” and if there’s blood on the field or collateral damage inflicted on those not technically players, so be it.
There are some, however, who refused to accept that political philosophy despite a lifetime ticket to watch the combat.
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92, was one of those people.
Wife of 73 years to congressman turned vice president turned president George H.W. Bush, Mrs. Bush is being remembered, not for her “wins,” but for her successes.
A champion for literacy, an advocate for children, an unapologetic family-first wife, mother, and grandmother, Mrs. Bush set a standard for community service.
We thank her for this, and we share some of her words of wisdom with those who today eschew the importance of civility, of compromise, of country over party:
“Where will our country find leaders with integrity, courage, strength-all the family values-in ten, twenty, or thirty years? The answer is that you are teaching them, loving them, and raising them right now.”
– Partisan politics and labels:
“I’m a liberal when it comes to human rights, the poor; so’s George Bush. . . . But Liberal and Conservative don’t mean much to me anymore. Does that mean we care about people and are interested and want to help? And if that makes you a Liberal, so be it.”
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
– And setting one’s priorities properly:
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.”
Word to live by.
For us all.
Now more than ever.
Rest in peace, Mrs. Bush.