Today the City of Boston is saying a final farewell to Thomas Menino, who served as mayor for 20 years. He may be gone but his inspiration and legacy will live on.
The Mayor was a details guy, skilled at getting things done; as the current Mayor, Martin Walsh, said in his remarks, “now he is getting the potholes filled in heaven.” At one point it was determined that he had actually met at least half the population of the city, which is quite an accomplishment.
He had not even been out of office for a year before he passed away at the too-young age of 71, and the outpouring of love has come from all corners of the city. His funeral procession wound through the city, passing places that were near and dear to him and on which he had a major impact during his tenure as mayor. Surely he touched the lives of many of the people who lined the streets to pay their final respects.
The remarks by his granddaughters and his chief of staff were by far the most interesting to me and revealing of the kind of man Tom Menino was. He was a mentor to both his actual family and his work family. He loved both families and made sure to let them know how he felt. And when it came to getting things done, Menino was relentless. He was a man of the people, for the people.
Love and skill. Not a bad legacy. I love this quote by John Ruskin: “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” I think that Mayor Menino would agree with this sentiment. So today’s “collage of the day” is an artistic expression of this sentiment.
I love to make collages out of inspirational quotes. These make great gifts to say “thank you” or “I appreciate working with you” or even “I am proud of you and what you have created.” Can you think of other situations for which this quote would be appropriate?
Love and skill make for a fine legacy. Rest in peace, Mayor Menino, and be assured that you and your contributions will never be forgotten.
Have a quote that motivates you? I would love to create something beautiful for you.