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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!
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  • 911BRAD
    Steve, another great blog post. Always enjoy your thoughts. Put me down for an advanced copy of your forthcoming novel. :-)

    Let's continue to create bright futures!

    Cheers, Brad
    1840 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Great thought provoking blog, Steve.

    I believe they would find much that is fascinating and much that is troubling too.

    Enjoy the extended weekend.
    1841 days ago
    I think everyone here in this community are all trying for a better future. And yes, I wish I could be a fly on the wall in 200 years from now just to witness the changes that will happen. I just hope the planet will still be thriving the way it should.
    1841 days ago
    I'd love to see one of the great film makers in Hollywood make a film about past Presidents coming back to see how things have changed and the advancements that have taken place! Neat idea, huh? I love Abe Lincoln quotes...He was an amazing man/president!
    Have a wonderful weekend, Steve!
    1841 days ago
    Abe Lincoln is one of my personal heros. I was totally infatuated with him as a kid. In fact that whole period of history and Mary Todd really peaked my interest.

    I think these great Presidents would be shocked at the state of the congress and senate today. Mostly self serving selfish individuals that have no one's interest in mind beyond their own.

    We can only hope that things get worse (now) before they get better in the future.

    Loved this blog Steve...so thought provoking! Have a fantastic weekend!

    Hugs ! emoticon

    Bobbi Anne
    1841 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am sure they would be sickened by certain people trying to change the Constitution, but be thoroughly entranced by cars, phones, computers, fax machines, space program,etc.
    Wouldn't it be fantastic to get them in a room and let them try out all of the cool gadgets we have now?? Like kids in a candy shop!
    1841 days ago
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