The Wisdom of Lincoln
Saturday, April 18, 2015
This month and year is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln. I have absorbed every article I have seen about the remembrance events being held and the man himself.
Over the past several years I eagerly read several books about Mr. Lincoln. I don't know exactly why I have such a strong fascination with Mr. Lincoln, but I know it is in no small measure because of his quiet, practical wisdom. He educated others by his skill in gleaning the subtle realities of any situation and pointing them out in a way that gently enlightened. Many who were fortunate to hear him speak left his presence awe-struck and speechless. I would have been honored to have had the opportunity to be in his presence for even a brief moment.
When I read or think about him, I feel the sadness of Mr. Lincoln's death that those who lived in his time must have felt. I feel certain that had Mr. Lincoln lived to lead the U.S. through reconstruction following the awful carnage of the Civil War, our country would have been much further along in its journey to full equality for all peoples and a total rejection of any acts of discrimination. It remains an obligation of every generation that followed his to work continually toward those ideals that are the foundation of our country.
As I thought of Mr. Lincoln today, I decided to see if he said something that has survived him that would serve as encouragement to me in my getting healthier journey. Here is what I found:
"The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just." Abraham Lincoln
Mr. Lincoln, though I waver from time to time, I will not be deterred in my cause of getting healthier. Thank you for the inspiration.