Most of us have never heard of John Frederick Parker (1830 – 1890). John was the police officer assigned to guard President Abraham Lincoln. Not only was he negligent, but he was also probably drunk! He left his post and joined Lincoln’s carriage driver at the Star Saloon, next door to the Ford’s Theater, where Lincoln was watching the play, Our American Cousin.
John Frederick Parker
People who have changed the world
Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) Invented the process of removing germs from milk, the process later called pasteurization, named after him.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519), was no doubt the father of the European Renaissance, marking the birth of many great discoveries and learning.
Leonardo da Vinci
Harland Sanders (1890 – 1980) was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sanders was retired from the U.S. Postal service and had failed at several jobs before developing his famous chicken.
How do you fit into this picture?
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old chief replied; “The one you feed”.
You are what you think you are
“You are what you think all day long.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23:7
” Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”. Philippians 4:8
It all boils down to this. You are what you think you are. Henry Ford was correct. The great King Solomon hit it on the head. You become what you think about.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. Napoleon Hill
My precious mother was a school teacher. She instilled in me these words; “You can be anything you want to be. Don’t sell yourself short”.
I have lived by those words for over 80 years and found them to be true. Turn your mind loose…cast off all moorings and sail! Explore new dimensions…conquer new frontiers…explore new lands…think out of the box…operate outside of the envelope.
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young… The greatest thing you can do is keep your mind young”. Mark Twain
Stay young my friend.
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