... that's why I encourage my children to read the biographies of those who overcame hardships and excelled in life.
I've struggled getting one of our sons to read biographies. In fact, biography, singular. As I'm a bit slow-witted, it's taken me a long time to figure out just why I feel that such books are important. Trying to see it from his point of view, I could see why reading the biography of a great man might be intimidating. How could he, how could any of us, equal the achievements of unique, historical figures?
Equaling them isn't the point. Finding out how they did it is. Jordan Peterson's 4th rule for life points the way.
"Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today (or was yesteryear)."
When things are bleak, when life has you down, I think it helps to have an inspirational figure or three that make you want to try to do better. For me, Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson are my heroes.
Something happened recently that has given me an opportunity to ask him again to read a biography or three. Here are the ones I'm going to recommend.
- Once a Marine by Nick Popaditch
- Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
- Standing Like a Stone Wall by James Robertson
|It's hard to complain about your life when you've read about his.|