Day 440 - Honest Abe
Friday, February 12, 2016
Today is the day we celebrate the birth of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12, 1809. Although he was taken from us before he could finish his second term in office, he is still regarded by many as one of our greatest presidents. There is no doubt that he was an amazing leader, and so many of his quotes have lived on to become part of his legacy. His speech at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is one that many of us know at least part of: "Four score and seven years ago..."
Our district is closed for the Lincoln's Birthday holiday, although it isn't specified as such. We are also closed on Monday for Presidents' Day, which came about because Lincoln's and George Washington's birthdays (February 22) were so close together. That is now the national holiday when we honor all of our presidents, no matter when they were born.
I wonder how Mr. Lincoln or Gen. Washington would react if they saw our nation today. How technology has changed our lives. Would they be dumbfounded or fascinated? As men who always looked to the future, I suspect that they would be totally intrigued by how our world has evolved. Automobiles, aircraft, television, computers, the Internet, even SparkPeople would all be sources of amazement.
Can we imagine how things might change 10, 20, or 50 years from now? What about 200 years from now? I know one thing - it would be incredible for those of us living today. Just thinking about the changes over the last 50 years that I can remember and I have a sense that the future will be fantastic.
Make your future bright - starting tomorrow! As Mr. Lincoln said, "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." He also said, "The best way to predict your future is to create it."
Let's start now!