When we were looking for an appropriate theme for the banner 4 dates popped up – World Cancer Day on 8th Feb, Abraham Lincoln’s birth anniversary on 12th, Valentine’s Day on 14th and Youtube founding day on 15th Feb. Each date signifies entirely different events but all converge on hope, courage, life and creation.
What Lincoln said centuries ago about predicting future by creating it is what exactly Youtube creators did in 2005. Today not only is Youtube accessed and used by millions but it has also created a new career option – Youtuber. Just read this interesting story of Abraham Lincoln on his take on what one does and how one does it – you can pick up any skill today and make the best out of it. There is really no dearth of skill sets and opportunities. Plus you need not be ashamed of it.
“When Abraham Lincoln became the president of America, his father was a shoemaker. And, naturally, egoistic people were very much offended that a shoemaker’s son should become the president. They were aristocrats, who thought it was their birthright to be in the highest government post. A shoemaker’s son? On the first day, as Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address, just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a very rich aristocrat. He said, “Mr. Lincoln, you should not forget that your father used to make shoes for my family.” And the whole Senate laughed; they thought that they had made a fool of Abraham Lincoln.
But Lincoln – and that type of person is made of a totally different mettle – looked at the man and said, “Sir, I know that my father used to make shoes in your house for your family, and there will be many others here… because the way he made shoes, nobody else can. He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes, he poured his whole soul in it. I want to ask you, have you any complaint? Because I know how to make shoes myself; if you have any complaint I can make another pair of shoes. But as far as I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes. He was a genius, a creator, and I am proud of my father!”
The whole Senate was struck dumb. They could not understand what kind of man Abraham Lincoln was. He had made shoe-making an art, a creativity. And he was proud because his father did the job so well that not even a single complaint had ever been heard. And even though he was the president of America, he was ready to make another pair if there was any complaint.”
It does not matter what you do. What matters is how you do it – of your own accord, with your own vision, with your own love. Then whatever you touch becomes gold.
I leave you with these thoughts to reflect…..