Just some thoughts:
In the little community where I grew up and had my first boyhood job (Pimento, Indiana) there used to be this ole fella that came into Gunn’s grocery store. When he would come in the store Doyle (the owner) would greet him by name and ask. “How you doin’ today? The old guy would pause and then say (always) “I’m doin’ the best I can…. with what I’ve got to work with.”
Today my wife and I live in the heart of Civil War history, Franklin, Tennessee. One of the most costly battles in the history of the Civil War took place here. Battle of Franklin on November 30, 1864. I think something like five or six Confederate generals were killed in that battle.
As one drives this community they will see many historical markers regarding events that took place here in 1864. One marker I pass almost daily gives reference to the Confederate General John Bell Hood.
General Hood was appointed by the president of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee to lead what would prove to be one of the last major battles on the part of the Confederate army. Kinda the last stand for the Rebels.
I had to smile when doing some recent reading as it was said of Hood:
“Bragg had candidly stated that the young Kentuckian (Hood) was not a man of genius, or a great general but under the present circumstances Hood was far better that anybody else available.”
“Hood is a bold fighter, I am doubtful as to other qualities necessary.”
“A good commander, industrious on the battlefield, careless off.”
“I have had no opportunity to judge his actions when the whole responsibility rested upon him.”
Shrouds of Glory—Winston Groom
Well, doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement for an appointment to such responsibilities.
You know the ole timer who would come to the store…I think he may have had something there.
Sometimes in life all one can do is just do the best they can with what they got to work with.
How about you? You doin’ the best you can with what you have been given?
August 11, 2018
Posted October 16, 2018