Just some thoughts:
I believe in the history of the United States there have been times when special people came into the lives of the people of this country.
“Each has risen from the people, possessed an abiding confidence in them, and always retained a deep hold upon their affections. Each might have said to those who were inclined to sneer at his plain origin what a marshal of France, who had risen from the ranks to a dukedom, said to the hereditary nobles who attempted to snub him in Vienna ‘I am an ancestor; you are on descendants.’ In a great crisis of their country’s history both had entered the public service from the same State. Both were conspicuous for the possession of that most uncommon of all virtues, common sense. Both despised the arts of the demagogue, and shrank from posing for effect, or indulging in mock heroics. Even when their characteristics differed, they only served to supplement each other, and to add a still greater strength to the cause for which they strove. With hearts too great for rivalry, with souls untouched by jealousy, they live to teach the world that it is time to abandon the path of ambition when it becomes so narrow that two cannot walk it abreast.”
This was said of Abraham Lincoln and U.S.Grant.
Horace Porter–Camping with Grant
That last paragraph: “With hearts too great for rivalry, with souls untouched by jealousy, they live to teach the world that it is time to abandon the path of ambition when it becomes so narrow that two cannot walk it abreast.”
True leadership— when those involved in a cause consider the cause more important than themselves and any of their personal ambitions.
September 2, 2018
Posted January 3, 2018