Life as a public servant is not an easy path, yet taking that path can make a difference in so many lives. Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona 8th Congressional District representative, did her job with grace, style and tireless dedication. She navigated a diverse district by listening to all of her constituents, acknowledging complexity, finding common-sense solutions and making tough choices. Too often in today's America, success is defined by wealth or celebrity. Much more profound is the contribution of our true public servants, those who work in government as a means of helping others. Before the tragic shooting on Jan. 8, 2011, Rep. Giffords earned our highest admiration as a public servant who improved the lives of so many people in Southern Arizona. Through her recovery, she continues to inspire us all.