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In light of President George H. W. Bush’s passing, it is time reflect on some valuable lessons all should apply to their personal and professional lives. President George H.W. Bush is known around the world of how he treated all people, and not just to those who supported him. In times of political disagreement and polarization, we should stop and learn from #41 for the betterment of ourselves, our nation and the world.

1) Be kind and gentle

In 1988 at the National Republican Convention, then Vice President and presidential hopeful asked that all Americans work so that the United States of America could be a kinder, gentler nation. In a time when political polarization is at a high, we should take these words to heart. Instead of degrading those who do not believe what you do not believe, be kind and gentle to them. Think of how much better the United States of America and world would be if we always treated each other with kindness.

2) Be a touch of light to all those who you meet

Inspired by a speech, President Bush created the foundation, Points of Light. The purpose of Points of Light is to spread volunteerism into all communities. We can all better our communities in some fashion, whether through our time, talents and/or monetary donations. Each of us should.

3) Be a genuine friend to all you meet

In 41, a documentary focused on President George H. W. Bush, it is consistently mentioned that he was a such a good diplomat because he started by being friends with everyone. Once again, political polarization seems to have taken over American politics. If we changed our perspective and decided to be friends with everyone we meet, the discourse of our nation and communities would likely change for the better.

4) Your first job does not define your future

After President George H. W. Bush graduated from Yale, he, Barbara and George traveled to Midland, Texas where the future President began working in the oil industry . Instead of taking a job on Wall Street, the young future President decided to make a name for himself on his own in a West Texas city. His work ethic, personality and business savviness paid off. This would have happened without him taking a risk and moving to West Texas. As a West Texan, this is one of my favorite aspects of President George H. W. Bush.

President George H. W. Bush was truly an American treasure. He will be greatly missed but American can be comforted by the fact that he is reunited with Barbara and Robin.

Kallie B
CABINET