“I have no regrets” said a veteran politician today on announcing his departure from politics after 28 years of public service. You’ve got to admire anyone who can say that with conviction. I could barely go 28 days without accumulating a litany of regrets.
Lest this sounds like a criticism, let me be clear that it isn’t. I have great admiration and appreciation for those who run for public office. Surely the stress and inconvenience of public life must outweigh any of the perks and even the sense of satisfaction of a job well done. Politics is a vocation, a calling like teaching and nursing. And I am very grateful for all those who serve us in these ways.