Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Wise Man

Todays post is going to be short and sweet.  I found a statement by Abraham Lincoln that I feel is so absolutely relevant today.
Our society has become something that I don't even recognize any more.  So much of what we see is not about how to treat others, but all about the "ME" and "I".
I am so saddened by people daily!
I am forever disappointed by the frivolity of people today and the lack of responsibility and the total feelings of entitlement by so many.

Back in my day, we had to work hard for everything we had.  There was no expectation of anything being handed to us.  I was taught to be respectful of others.  I was taught to be respectful of what I had.  I started working at a young age and earned the special things I wanted.  I worked and paid for my education myself.  I helped out at home, because I was part of the family and I lived there.
I respected my parents and my elders.
Life wasn't always easy, but it sure was educational and an experience.  I still practiced those things I learned as a youngster, as I am sure you do.

I believe this should be made into a poster and plastered EVERYWHERE!!!!  It should be in school rooms, offices, homes, stores, and politician's offices!
We should be reminded of this everyday!!!!
We should practice this everyday!

How is it that a man who led, during a horrifically difficult time in history, could be this brilliant over 150 years ago? 
Everything he says you 'cannot' do, is what is being taught and practiced today all around the world, as what we should do.
It's so disheartening.

One by one we need to spread the words of Lincoln and teach our young people that our actions, deeds, and beliefs have consequences, not just for us, but for others - for years to come.

Lets take our world back - to a sane place to live!


  1. I agree with you 100%. I laugh every time I hear White Privilege. Do they really think it was a privilege to be raised poor by a mother who worked nights at a rest home for $50 a month? Benefits are meant to help people through hard times, not to support them for a life time. I am proud to say at a time when I needed them, food stamps fed my family of three small children for 2 months. I was offered them longer, but two months was all I needed until I was back on my feet. We need a revolution to return the "system" to what it was meant to do. Provide temporary aid, not a lifetime of subsistence.

    1. Amen - preach it!
      I have no problem whatsoever with people getting help when in need. That is totally why it is available.
      Agree 100% it is not supposed to become a lifestyle - a bootstrap yes - a lifestyle no.

  2. It just proves that mankind really does not learn from history. But I also believe in the power of kindness to rule mankind. I love the Abraham quotes.

    1. No we do not learn from history. It is repeated day after day, and in some regions for years and years.
      Now history is even being altered in schools, so as not to offend someone. UGH! I am offended every day!
      Yes, there are still good people, and kind people, and people who care - we see many of them each day on here and so many other blogs.
      Maybe we should be in charge!!!! LOL

  3. Those are such beautiful words, Cheryl. I've been reading a book called The Essential 55 An Award-Winning Educator's Rules For Discovering the Successful Student in Every Child by Ron Clark. His very first rule is about respect and is filled with such great manners parents need to teach their children. If you ever get a chance to read it, I think you would enjoy it

    1. Thank you for that recommendation. I will look at the library.
      Parents just aren't teaching the same values that our parents did. Makes me sad.
      Thank you for your kind words

  4. It is so discouraging.
    I have been reading Revelation, and I see nothing that indicates that the US is around during the end times. I really wonder if we will be like Babylon, once great but no more.

    1. I don't know Kathy, and I am not sure if I want to know. All I can do is live the best I can, and go forward.
      Our reward will come!

    2. Sorry I was feeling pessimistic about the state of our country, but it is out of my control. You are right, we just have to do the best we can, and leave the rest to Him.

    3. Yes mam. God has it, but we all need to do what we can daily to make each day pleasant for ourselves and others.
      We still have to help ourselves.

  5. Well said Cheryl. There is a saying, "Be the change you want to see". I think this is something that you are doing. There are a lot of people who dishearten us by the attitude and behaviour. I believe that these are the noisy minority. There are many who are just getting on with living their lives as holistically as they can. These are the quiet, whispering majority and these are the ones we need to listen for.

    1. I agree Jane, we each need to do what we can. I know there are many of us that want to see things get better - we have our work cut out for us.
      So often, I just wish we could snap our fingers to put common sense back into the world.

  6. Hello Cheryl, I found your blog a short time ago, through Harvest Lane Cottage, and I sure enjoy your posts. I am a homesteading wife, mother and grandmother, living a frugal, "back to basics' lifestyle in IL. So many of your posts find me thinking to myself, THAT'S how I do it, or I've been doing that for decades..I totally agree with the quote you posted today by Abraham Lincoln. There is a lack of compassion, moral fiber, decency, self respect, and just plain desire to do the right thing and live a decent honest life these days. I'm thinking this is the ideal time to have "actions speak louder than words"..and each do our part to set a good example..and hopefully these actions will cause a ripple effect and goodness will come of it. One never knows when an act of kindness will have such a huge impact on someone else that it truly WILL make a difference. Have a blessed day, Karla

    1. Karla so glad you wondered by. It is really neat how so many bloggers list each other.

      Yes mam, we lack all the things you have listed. WE have to do something, because we just can't depend on someone else to do it for us.
      We really do NOT know how many lives we each affect on a daily basis.

      I remember years ago, my sister lived in a small town with her family, worked at the local school as a cook. She never felt she fit in, and didn't think people really cared. When she got sick, the whole town came together to raise funds and when she passed - well lets just say I have never seen that many people at a wake since. She impacted!
      We all do.

      I look forward to getting new ideas from you and hearing about the homestead life! Thank you for your kind words.

  7. Our government has taken away our ability to govern our own lives. Remember the saying "Use it or lose it"? We have lost the ability to "Live" our lives without someone telling us what, how and when to do or not to do something. ("You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence." If we don't use our COMMON SENSE on our own, we'll lose it. And that may be what has happened. The last sentence in that quote is even more important. Have none of these law makers studied History? They are more inclined to sweep it under the rug e.g. taking down statues and outlawing the 10 commandments and prayers in public places. They say history repeats itself. What will be repeated in the future? I fear for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    I could go on and on about this, but I think it best if I stop now.

    1. Kris I so agree!!!!!
      Everything HAS to be politically correct now, so as not to hurt someone. Sorry but HURT is part of life!
      The government wants us to ALL be dependent on them - you are right. Then they can herd us like cattle, with no objections.

      NOT this girl - I will go out screaming and kicking, before I let that happen.
      I really fear the future for my youngest family members. It makes me so sad. Will they even have the opportunity to get to my age?

      We definitely need GOD back in our country and lives.
      My heart is warmed to see that so many of my great readers feel the same way.

    2. Cheryl, I just saw this quote on Facebook:

      "Follow your heart --but take your brain with you!"

      People need to THINK on their own more.

    3. They sure do. It appears most people leave their brains at home.
      Definitely think and follow the Golden Rule.

  8. I think the reason that we see history repeating itself is twofold. We choose not to learn from the past or we don't know our history to begin with. As a former teacher, I was appalled to see how much of our nation's history was either whitewashed, twisted to fit the current political climate and agenda or just plain omitted. This coupled with the "you owe me and I am so offended by everything anyone does" attitude along with people protesting anything under the sun and in most cases having no clue what they are protesting or the actual facts drives me and my well read and hard working, common sense millennial kids absolutely bonkers. There is a disconnect among so many people, both younger and in our generation too who really need to wake up and face reality.

    1. AMEN Agree 110%.
      There is a tremendous disconnect between young & old, have and have nots, ethnicities, religious groups, etc.
      People that preach what "we need to do" - are most often hypocrites. We don't need the holiday types telling us how to live - when they don't have a flipping clue what it's like to be a normal person!!!

      Yes, schools change history now so as not to offend. Well, I AM offended!

      Oh goodness I could go on and on. I sympathize with you totally.

  9. Hi Cheryl,

    The words you quote were written by the Reverend William Boetcker In 1916, well after Lincoln was shot down in cold blood for his beliefs. Boetcker also wrote the seven national crimes, which are as follows:

    I don’t think.
    I don’t know.
    I don’t care.
    I am too busy.
    I leave well enough alone.
    I have no time to read and find out.
    I am not interested.

    It's unfortunate that so many of these are still uttered today but it's heartening to see how many people are learning, and researching, and fighting to make the world a better and more equitable place.

    Two more thoughts, it's lovely that you and I put ourselves through school but that's much harder to do now. If you look at the price of education versus general inflation. When I had two sons at the state school the combined cost of their education was more than I made in a year.

    Two, for your readers that are struggling with the idea of privilege, try imagining you are black, or gay, or Muslim. (Or all three!) Would the difficulties and financial problems you faced have been easier or harder if you were a Pakistani immigrant? Being privileged doesn't mean life is smooth sailing, it means many of us have at least one blessing that makes the difficult a little easier to bear. Hope that helps! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts.

      Back when I was in school, I went part time so I could work and earn tuition. At that time I know I was making less than $3 an hour. Where there is a will there is a way. It took me a lot of years, but I did it.

      Thanks for stopping by.