DAY 259 – Looking Back

I took a moment to drive into a local cemetery and was impressed with the number of people buried there who were alive during the Lincoln administration, the civil war, World War I, and World War II.

I’ve been listening to the book A Team of Rivals while I drive across the state for my job. It is the wonderful book by Doris Kearns Goodwin about Abraham Lincoln and his amazing political prowess.

There are so many people in this grave yard who heard the news of his election. They were shocked by the war between the states. They were devastated by the news of their President’s death.

These folks were alive during many world changes: Electric lights, Indoor plumbing, motorized travel. Their heads must have been turning with each new alteration to their daily lives.

Of course, even during my lifetime there have been unbelievable changes: Manned space travel, Vietnam war, a president shot, 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, personal computers…

Who knows what will change in the next 40 years?

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