Was that the President at our I Can Do It Show?
“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”
– Abraham Lincoln
When you host an event in Washington, DC, you never know what to expect. And on the last day of our I Can Do It Conference earlier this month, I certainly didn’t expect to see President Abraham Lincoln walking through our hotel lobby!
Wearing his signature stovepipe hat, President Lincoln towered tall above me as I would have expected him to, wearing a dark neatly tailored double-breasted suit. He was carrying a carpetbag in one hand and a large book in the other. When I called to him, “Mr. Lincoln, Sir? Mr. President?” he turned his chiseled chin covered in a thick black beard and glanced my way.
It didn’t really matter if he had just delivered a singing telegram or was hired for a social gathering. For a few moments, I was able to step back in time and meet one of my beloved heroes face to face.
True to his warm demeanor that I’ve always read about, Mr. Lincoln bowed his head toward me and offered his hand. When he noticed my camera, he summoned a passerby, handed them his belongings and graciously posed for a photo. A man by the doorway asked why he was at this particular hotel and Mr. Lincoln smiled as he answered. “My House is not far from here.” Then he collected his book and briefcase, tipped his hat gently as he smiled and headed for the door.
As I watched him leave, I thought about this greatly admired historical icon who dedicated his life to healing a nation. And I wondered why he happened to be standing in the same building where a healing Hay House conference was being held just a few feet away from him.
If ever time would spin out of control and offer our 16th President a chance to experience the 21st Century, I believe Mr. Lincoln would have felt quite at home as a speaker at one of our I Can Do It Conferences. Based on his background and many attributes, I trust he would have embraced the opportunity to share his healing messages that still ring true today. And maybe this time, we’ll listen more closely.
Abraham Lincoln’s 4 Healing Messages for the 21st Century:
1. Look for the positive. Mr. Lincoln guided his country through one of the most devastating periods in national history—the Civil War. He faced many hardships and grim challenges in his life, but he never gave up hope. He focused on the brighter outcome. As he once said, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
2. Practice self-care. Mr. Lincoln endured extraordinary pressures during the long Civil War. He persevered, but he did so by taking time to let go. One biographer revealed that Mr. Lincoln was known to sit down and write what he referred to as a “hot letter” to an individual he was angry with and then he would set the letter aside and not send it. He also enjoyed his solitude where he would often sit alone and read. Mr. Lincoln loved books: “My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.”
3. Work together as one. Mr. Lincoln had a lot of compassion for people. During the Civil War years, this benevolent man would often be found on the battlefield and in the hospitals visiting the troops and the wounded. He also had strong faith in the people he served. He knew that if we stood together as one, we would find peace and create a better world: “A house divided by against itself cannot stand.
4. Live in the present moment. Here is a man who didn’t dwell in the past and kept his eye on the hope of the future. His mountainous obstacles were many, but Mr. Lincoln knew how to scale them. Here’s one of my favorite quotes that I believe he may have had pasted on his mirror: “In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”
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