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?
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.
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