In a divisive world where the leaders are sacrificing the long term safety of a nation for the short term political gains, and putting the nation on a destructive path of exclusion of those who differ, Merkel has done the right thing; choosing inclusion.
I don't wear clothes like him, eat like him or live like him. But when it comes to respecting fellow beings, nurturing goodwill, mitigating conflicts, forgiving others and building cohesive societies, I can relate.
Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly. There is a joy in it for you and the ones who receive the good from you. The bottom line is: Quit griping about life, just enjoy what you got, change what you can, reject what you must, but go on with life.