On his first day in office, as President Abraham Lincoln entered to give his inaugural address, a man stood up, he was a 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 they insulted Lincoln by reminding him of his lowly origin. But certain people are made of a totally different mettle.
Lincoln looked at the man directly in the eyes and said “Sir, I know that my father used to make shoes for your family and there will be many others here for whom as well, because he made shoes the way nobody else can.
“He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes, he poured his whole soul into them. 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 you another pair of shoes. But as far as I know, nobody has ever complained about my father’s shoes. He was a genius, a Great 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 was proud because his father did his job so well that not even a single complaint had ever been heard.
“No one can hurt us without our consent.”
“It is not what happens to us that hurts us… It is only how we react that hurts us.”
Don’t bother about people who judge you without knowing you… Remember, dogs bark if they don’t know the person…
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years.” — Abraham Lincoln