THE VERY BEST
"I do the very best I know how,"
wrote Abraham Lincoln, "the very
best I know how."
Of all our Presidents, Lincoln was
able to understand the significance
of the old adage, "Failure is never
One of the greatest assets of our
sixteenth President was his ability
to carry on his present course with
much patience during the Civil War
which brought much sorrow into his
life, as did the death of his eleven-year
old, son, William "Willie" Lincoln, while
living .in the White House.
Lincoln was a visionary who saw the
day all men would be free, and slavery
But, it was in the present tense that
Lincoln gained his fame and glory, for
it was in the present that he did his
very best. Honestly, decently, patiently.
As with Lincoln, may this be the very
best day of our lives.
(Originally written in 1977. This is a
revision, written on February 22, 2017)