David and I saw the movie Lincoln last week.  Lincoln is one of my heroes and the movie portrayed his essential character well. Kudos to Daniel Day Lewis for another academy winning performance.  Sally Fields also did a good job as Mary Todd Lincoln.

It breaks my heart that movies based on the Twilight novels outsold this one.  The media are  powerful teachers and the Lincoln movie taught a better way.

Seeing the movie spoke to me of  the horrors of war, the need to stand for justice, to fight when necessary, but to always work toward understanding cruelty, so when we defeat those who attack us,  we  strive to end hatred by walking the paths of mercy.

The movie also reminded me that the depth of mis-placed hatred and how one angry man willing to kill can destroy great goodness.

Here are more Lincoln quotes for thinking about what matters, and that is caring, being kind, working for justice for all.

You can tell the greatness of a man by what makes him angry.

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.

He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.

I care not for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.

We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.

To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.

Die when I may, I want it said of me by those who know me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower when I thought a flower would grow.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abe was also known for his wit.  In another post, I will offer some of his humor.

Emotional Fitness Advice about What Matters

I preach kindness and caring for all. This is why Lincoln remains hero number one in my book.  My main tip for today is to see the movie. Be inspired.  Take a teen to see it.


Thinking about what matters is a major way to stay emotionally healthy and helps keep you walking the path to peace.  It is not easy in today’s world, but has never been easy.  It is a skill however, all can practice and improve.


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As I tell myself a thousand times a day, stay strong, give lots of love, be grateful, practice kindness, live now, give and seek forgiveness, and always hope  the blessing of the forces beyond our control are with you and those you love.


DISCLAIMER: FORGIVE MY GRAMMATICAL ERRORS FOR I HAVE DYSGRAPHIA.  If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here. Dysgraphia is a not well-known learning disability.  Because it visits me often  sometimes my sentence structure is not that easy to follow or I make other errors. Still, most people understand me. All of my books are professionally edited, but not all of my blog posts are.  If this troubles you, feel free to read elsewhere.  If you persevere, you are practicing kindness by lifting my spirits for that means you find what I say helpful and that is one of my missions. Kindness always repays those who spread it.

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