One the most incredible men in our history was George Washington. I would bet that most folks know he was the Commanding General of the American Revolution, our first President and that his face is on the one dollar bill; unless of course, you were some person being asked these facts by Jay Leno. What made him a legend are facts less widely acknowledged by the general public; in short, he was a man who understood himself well enough, to forgo the lust for power. Wildly ambitious in his youth, driven to achieve, yet when the moment arose for him to become King George I of America, he walked away from it. Yes, there was a period in our history that the idea of crowning George Washington as the Monarch of the new America was, quit possibly, an expectation. Washington humbly, yet ferociously, ended the matter for our greater good. King George III of England, the leader of the most powerful army on earth, whom was “out generaled” by Washington in the American Revolution, said this of him. “A man who would do such a thing would be the greatest man on earth.” No general in the history of humankind had ever conquered and not seized the throne! Some years later after these facts, George Washington was asked to be our first President and he reluctantly accepted the role.
So what is a man who, through the process of experiences and time, captured the clearest picture of his own self-nature? If you said a wise man you would be almost correct. If, that same man used this knowledge to benefit those beside, below and above him, he would be a wise man. Our nation is over two hundred years old and still stands on the imprints of the footsteps left by this man who was our first president. Imprints he had to create, as he had to create the very idea of the American Presidency. In itself, this accomplishment is a staggering legacy. We have drifted far beyond Washington’s wisdom and one questions if it is possible, to ever see such leadership like that again in our future? These types of questions only bring kindling to our present discouragement; and, leave us unfocused on any real solutions.
Each man has the ability to call someone younger, to rise up, to move forward to a higher place. Each man has built into him a memory; a memory of experience, a learned Segway to accomplishment that is of great benefit to those less his age. Every man has a story, and that story is worth telling. When Augustus McCrae told Pea-eye Parker, as they crossed into the wilderness of Montana in the movie Lonesome Dove: “I believe (captain) Call and I were meant to ride a fine horse into a new country.” He was telling a younger man of the dreams that men dream, and fulfilling those dreams, come after a long journey, so therefore, do not lose hope.
And when they were filled, He said to His disciples “Gather up the leftover fragments that nothing may be lost.”
There is something to be said of a man being eaten up by the world, his job, circumstances, life, you name it. George Washington endured the winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge with a group of men, that did not have enough food, firewood or proper clothing. A bitter cold experience. Somehow these men were inspired to rise up, move forward and finish. They’re testing proved complete. In the Fall of 1781 they battled at Yorktown and won our freedom. Someone lifted them up, called them up, built them up. You have this capacity to do the same in another man, it’s built into you. You must gather up the fragments in your life so that nothing may be lost. Ain’t it so.