Dear Mayor Ford
This morning as I sit and drink my coffee I notice that my online news feed is filled with another story, the next chapter in this ongoing saga. Another storm. I’m no political analyst, I don’t understand everything about government. My twitter bio says that I am a mom, wife, leader and friend. That pretty much sums it up. I would never judge you. I don’t think that anyone is perfect. We all have things in our life that we need to work out, even high profile mayors of large cities.
The thing that keeps coming to my mind as I observe all that has happened in the past days has nothing to do with politics, video tapes or police chiefs. And trust me, I know that IS the story. But I can’t help thinking about one thing.
Our children are watching.
You see, I think that you are in a pretty amazing place of influence. You are the mayor of Toronto. You don’t get a much bigger platform than that. Your voice, your opinions, your policies – you can share them with millions of people at any time. Most people will never have that opportunity. Many people would do anything to be in your position. Right now, the eyes of the world are on you.
You have such an opportunity at this moment.
The younger generations that are watching, they are studying what you will do next. I know you care about them. You have your own children. You spent time volunteering and coaching football, investing in kids. I know that it matters to you. Any great leader cares about those that are coming behind.
You still have a chance, in the middle of all this mess – to leave a legacy. The chapter of your story that you are in right now, it’s not your finest work. But that is the thing about chapters, the one waiting to be written can be the best one yet.
Show our children that you can do the right thing. I won’t assume to know what the right thing is for you. Only you know that. But I do know that anyone can change their course. Anyone can make the right choice. It’s never too late. It’s not too late for you. You won’t be the mayor forever, but you will be Rob Ford for the rest of your life. What do you want your story to be?
Years from now, you will be studied in history and politics classes across our nation. Canadian children not even born yet will read about you in the future. Your legacy will live on.
What will that legacy be?
Give the future generations a great story to study.
Make the rest of your chapters count.
It’s not too late.