28 May Ireland – Day 8 – Amazing

We had an amazing day in Northern Ireland today.  A Black Cab tour of Belfast, and then the same cabs took us to Giants Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, and some great overlooks and harbors.  I have way too many pictures to post, but I can say in all the years coming over here, we have never had a more perfect day of weather (I actually got a sunburn in Ireland!).

IMG_3214What follows in my blog from May 2015, and I thought I would re-post it.  So much to say, and yet so little to say…

It’s been said that hope is not a strategy.  Hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.”  During our Black Cab tour of the city, “hope” is the inspirational word one of the student’s wrote on the Peace Wall in Belfast today.

IMG_3138As for the future, it made me think of the elusive there.  Defined, there is “at, or to that place or position.”  Hope might be the desire, but there is the vision a leader brings to life, which inspires action and leads to real change.

Five years ago when I visited Belfast, people said the walls will come down in 20 years – one more generation. Today, five years later, they’re saying the same thing.  “The walls keep the peace…  Twenty more years…”

A true leader has the courage to articulate a vision in such a way that constituents are hopeful, confident, and inspired to act in a committed fashion for the greater good.  There.

What’s the greater good?  When?

How can come later…

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