Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were bitter political rivals who reconciled in their later years (thanks to the efforts of a friend who saw the benefit of their friendship to each other and to the country).
Their friendship became a remarkable collaboration and on July 4th, 1826, on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the two men both died, within hours of each other. Unaware that his friend had died hours earlier, Adams’ last spoken words were “Jefferson still survives.”
I love this story because of its reminder that true independence comes when we release resentment, judgement and hatred; when we allow all to live and thrive in our world.
I found there was room in the world for everyone. – John Adams