I was recently handed a torch I did not ask to carry. This torch is both heavy, and light. It is hot and cold. It requires my bare hands to hold it, I can’t wear gloves. It is both a light in the darkness, as well as a force capable of lighting fires of destruction. The hands that passed it to me held it with integrity, honesty, and a clear, decisive vision. I have to accept that they would not have passed this to me without seeing those same qualities in me. I have a responsibility to wield this torch as a leader, to use it as they did – as a light. And I will. With all that I am, I will accept this responsibility with a humble and grateful heart.