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Steve Goodier Wisdom: Driving Away the Shadows

July 7, 2020 by admin  
Filed under Steve Goodier Wisdom

In this inspirational article, master storyteller, Steve Goodier, shares a key piece of life wisdom . Enjoy!

When Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, and a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note and several newspaper clippings on the Lincoln presidency.

Why did he keep the newspaper clippings? Some of them extol his achievements as president of the United States. In one, Henry Ward Beecher is quoted in a speech as saying, “Abraham Lincoln may be a great deal less testy and wilful (sic) than Andrew Jackson, but in the long race, I do not know that he will be equal to him.” The reporter then writes, “The storm of applause that followed this seemed as if it would never cease.”

Why would he carry such a clipping? If we know anything about Lincoln, we know that humility was one of his most attractive virtues. I can’t imagine that he read from the article during political discussions or entertained dinner guests with its keen insight.

I do not know the answer to these questions. But I am aware that Abraham Lincoln suffered from bouts of serious depression. Could it be that in those “dark nights of the soul,” when despair settled over his mind like a cold and heavy snow, that he could reach into his pocket and find hope? Could it be that these words reminded him of what he had dedicated his life to, the good he had tried to do and the lives he had affected?

Francis of Assisi once said, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” For some, that sunbeam is no more than words on a leaf of paper…a letter of appreciation from a friend, a supervisor’s simple commendation or recognition for a job well done, a letter of heart-felt love from a parent, spouse or child.

Blessed are they who have such a sunbeam to drive away the shadows. May they use it often.

Blessed are they who give sunbeams to others. They will never bewithout ample light.

© Steve Goodier. All rights reserved.
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