What We Do in Life Changes Things…and then It’s Finished
I’ve often heard people say that “growing old is not for sissies”. This is a true statement, but how we get there is another matter. What we do in our lives changes things for ourselves and for those around us. If we make a difference, history may tell it.
My husband and I walked out of the theater last evening feeling a sense of sadness. She was the “Iron Lady”. As President Reagan, Margaret Roberts Thatcher has come to a very similar ending to her life. She began her young years working in her father’s grocery store. Little did she realized that she would become one of the outstanding leaders of the free world.
This is a film that everyone should see. It is not just about a political viewpoint, but a determination to stand for what one thinks is right. Whether male or female, some people have a talent for leading. They often must take that raw talent and refine it, as the movie demonstrates. For others, living life in the everyday manner, will still make changes to circumstances and people around us. My Mother had a carefully embroidered hanging that read “Life is fragile, handle with prayer.” I would add to that… life is also sobering in how short it really is.
In the film, Mrs. Thatcher recites a part of the 12 century prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.
I was struck by how similar the situations that Margaret Thatcher encountered are to what our nation and the world is facing in this decade. There may be lessons to be learned from this part of history. There definitely are lessons one will carry with them about life in the outstanding portrayal of this lady:
- LIFE IS SHORT, BUT NOT LIMITED.
- WE HAVE CHOICES TO MAKE TO HOW WE WILL LIVE IT.
- THINGS WILL NOT ALWAYS RUN SMOOTHLY AND THERE WILL BE HEARTACHES.
- THERE WILL ALWAYS BE OPPOSITION.
- AT THE END, WE MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO LOOK BACK, BUT OTHERS WILL.
- IF WE LIVED LIFE FAITHFULLY TO OUR CALLING, WE WILL HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
Below are two videos: The first deals with the strength and courage that Thatcher had to show when she dealt with the Falkland Island crisis. The second is an overview of The Iron Lady. (Enlarge picture for best viewing)
Growing old is not for sissies…and neither is Leadership.