True North Strong and Free
Did anyone catch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics last night? After speeding back down the 401 from Ottawa yesterday I’m glad I got home in time to catch what I can only call a truly Canadian spectacle. I can’t decide if my favourite highlight was the moving “Hallelujah” sung with passion by kd lang or the equally moving, genuine address by John Furlong, VANOC president who challenged all of us through our athletes: “You are role models for our children – heroes, giants, human champions, the best ever. You are living proof that men and women everywhere are capable of doing great good, and that in life as it is in sport, we should always give our best and never, ever give up.“
Or was it that groovy poet, Shane Koyczan who captured the spirit of Canadians for the world when he reminded us in his poem “We are More” that we are defined by something as simple as “please and thank-you.” Good stuff.