What If You Could Spend 2 Hours With Anyone In History?

What if you had the chance to spend two hours with anyone in history? You could do anything, go anywhere, ask any questions you wanted. What if you could spend two hours with anyone in history? Who would you spend it with and what would you do?

What If You Could Spend 2 Hours With Anyone In History?

If I had my choice, I think I would chose to spend two hours with Abraham Lincoln. But not the Abraham Lincoln we all know, or think we know. And no, not Abraham Lincoln the vampire hunter. I would chose to spend two hours with the Lincoln of late 1860, that is, before he was elected president. I would want to learn how to think like Lincoln.

Lincoln took office in March of 1861. But six months before, he was in the midst of turmoil, stress and extreme challenge. As we look at history, we know Lincoln won the election, but in 1860, he didn’t know the outcome of the presidential race.

I would ask him how he stayed strong. I would ask him what he did to prepare for each day. I would ask him how he picked himself up after all of the failures he’d had and challenges he’d fallen short of overcoming. Were there times when he felt like giving up or letting someone else take over?

In 1860, Lincoln had set a lofty goal for himself and for his country, but success was in no way guaranteed.

If given the chance, Abe and I would take a walk down a long dirt road, listening to the sounds of 1860 and talking about life. I would want to know how to stay strong in the face of adversity. I’d want to learn how he stayed focused and encouraged. Did he draw on inner strength or rely on his own personal board of directors, his own mastermind group.

I think there are so many great choices that it is hard to narrow it down to one. Jesus, Winston Churchill, Garth Brooks – all would be great additions to my list of one.

Question: What if you could spend 2 hours with anyone in history? Who would you spend them with and why? This outta be fun! Leave a comment below by clicking here!


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  • Sandy

    Abraham Lincoln is also my first choice. I would definitely ask him how he prepared and came up with his public announcements/motivational speeches, since I’m terrible at that sort of thing.
    Second choice is
    Marylin Monroe.
    People talked about how her beauty captivated millions and it did! But I would want to know if she was equally intelligent, so I would let her do most of the talking.


    • http://www.ellorywells.com/ Ellory Wells

      Sandy, great choices! I think Marilyn Monroe would be an interesting person as well. The time in which she lived was very different than today; I think the world was much smaller. But for a celebrity, a cultural icon really, I wonder what it would have been like.

      Thank you for commenting!

  • Barb

    Whenever I’ve been asked that question my first answer is always my grandmother, she always gave me good advice. My second answer is also always the same – Harriet Tubman. She led slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad. Think about what leadership and organizational skills it took to accomplish this task. She was someone that people could trust and knew that she could problem solve in the moment.

    • http://www.ellorywells.com/ Ellory Wells

      Great choices! Luckily we don’t have to face decisions that could mean life or death every day.

      Since you’ve thought about the first two before, do you have a third?

  • Ashley

    I know this sounds like a cop-out but honestly my answer would be Jesus. I would ask Him about His views of the current world and the people in it, and how things have changed so drastically since He was of this world. I would (try to) have a normal conversation with Him. What an awesome leader to speak to and gain wisdom from.

    • http://www.ellorywells.com/ Ellory Wells

      I don’t think it’s a cop-out at all. I just had a conversation with someone who said Jesus as well. It would be very interesting to get His point of view on the world today.

      Thank you for commenting and sharing!

  • http://www.mondayisgood.com/ Tom Dixon

    I’m a huge Hemingway fan, so that would be my first thought. His writing has had a big impact on my view of literature.

    • http://www.ellorywells.com/ Ellory Wells

      I bet Hemingway would have give you a very interesting 2 hours! That guy was known for being… unique =)

      I think I’ve been to a bar/restaurant he used to frequent down in the Everglades. How has his writing impacted your view of literature?