You all know about Abraham Lincoln, right? Though you know about him, I feel immensely happy when I speak about him. It is really a tribute to talk about him because of the unique acts he has performed throughout his life & his character is not at all ordinary but it was of an excellent standard.
One example to quote is Theodore Roosevelt is one among the famous presidents’ of USA & was one of the most successful too, He claimed that whenever he is stuck with any problem or difficult situation and if he considers he can’t get out of it with his expertise then he would look at the painting of The Great Abraham Lincoln in front of him in the White House & thinks what would Lincoln do, if he would have faced this problem? And an idea would pop out from his head which he would implement and solve the problem at his lot said Dale Carnegie in his book – How to win Friends and influence People.
So, Mr. Carnegie suggests us to simply pull out a 5 $ US currency note which has Abraham Lincoln printed on it to solve our problems the Lincoln way 😉
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Abraham lincoln letter to his son’s teacher
Letters were means of communication in olden days and they were used for every type of communication even to convey the love of a father, husband, teacher, student, mother, message of leader, rules of government or king etc. Some letters written by great people are capable of standing as guideposts to guide us forward in current generation also & to say more intensely than before.
Abraham Lincoln has also written many such letters being the president of USA but a letter which he wrote to his son’s teacher on his first day of schooling in order to just send a gentle reminder of what he wants the teacher to teach his son so that he can be a good person in the future is our current topic, the letter is really a thought provoking one with a wonderful meaning and message in it, I don’t want to modify it before but after you read the whole letter you can find my insights about (rather the lessons I learnt) from the letter.
My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.
So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can, Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.
Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.
Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.
Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if every one tell him they are wrong.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to every one, but teach him also to filter all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.
This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son.
Wasn’t that a fantastic letter, I was @ cloud9 when I completed reading the whole letter. Coming to my favorite lessons from the letter
- Everyone loves their kids & everyone expects their kids have or to get the best in the world let it be schooling/ clothing/ food/ comfort or say anything but nowadays parents aren’t caring hardly whether they are happy or not they are placing an iPad / smartphone in their hands and watching them play with it for hours together (assuming they are happy) and are unconsciously putting their children’s lives into a trouble which technology can cause if not used properly. But, Lincoln’s love went till approaching his son’s teacher to give him all the education which his life has taught him so that he can also lead a peaceful life.
- In the second paragraph of the letter, he states that
- for every enemy, there is a friend
- for every scoundrel, there is a hero
- for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader
- By the above examples, he intends to pass a message to his son that if there is something bad happening then there is nothing to feel disheartened as an equally or more strong good force also to win over it. This can give him hope in life.
- In the third paragraph, he specifies the importance of
- Hard earned money which will allow him to focus on how he earns the money & not on how much he earns.
- Enjoying failure than to win through cheating.
- On how to enjoy success than to just develop pride on succeeding.
- In the fourth one, he describes how to
- Deal with different types of people. (which is a very important skill needed in modern life)
- The way he has to deal with different situations like how to laugh when he is sad (it is what we call Art of living or laughter therapy in modern terminology).
- get rid of envy (which has the potential of turning out a patriot into a traitor)
- The fifth para is used to portray the importance of imagination & associating with nature than to watch his son becoming a mere bookworm who would account to be nothing more than a cynic who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
- In Sixth para, he mentions the importance of following his heart & dreams when no one stands by his side and how important is listening to everyone but filtering the good and efficient solution from them.
- The seventh one is awesome because he specifies the importance of what a person has to sell in his life and what should never be sold at any cost & the courage to have faith. The most important one is to love himself and thus loving people than the most important loving and believing in God.
Those are my insights about the awesome letter of Mr. Lincoln, I would like to salute that legend who has shown a path to many confusing souls who want to teach the children values but are stuck at what has to be taught exactly & souls like me who are wandering always in search of something good & worth learning. This letter will solve that problem.
Salutations to Mr.Abraham Lincoln for his wonderful letter from Learning is Passion.
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