Getting hurt- A choice


Value- Optimism, Positive attitude

Sub value- Maturity, presence of mind, self confidence

On the first day, as President, Abraham Lincoln began to give his inaugural address, just in the middle, one man stood up. He was a rich aristocrat.

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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 had made fun of Abraham Lincoln.

But Lincoln – and those type of people are made of a totally different mettle. Lincoln stared 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 other here… because the way he made shoes; nobody else can. He was a creator. His shoes were not just shoes, he put 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 genius, a great creator and I am proud of my father”.

The whole Senate was struck dumb. They could not understand what kind of a man Abraham Lincoln was. He had made the ‘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


It is up to us to get hurt or not. There will be many people who may hurt us through their words and actions. If we have the self belief, self confidence and maturity we will respond to a situation instead of reacting. No one can hurt us unless we choose to get hurt.

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