Lincoln Wisdom

For two weeks now, I have been bombarded by the word Lincoln“…EVERWHERE I looked, I saw this word; on cars, emblems, commercials, books, and magazines. Lincoln is the last name of a character in the Mercy Watson book series my youngest daughter is reading to me. The face of Abraham Lincoln was everywhere alsopennies, five-dollar bills, on TV, and on the internet. I even saw a license plate that read: A8RAHAM. I kept seeing and reading quotes said by our 16th President as well. As you may know, when I get struck by things over and over again, I know that means I need to delve into that topic for some reason. Usually there is a message for me or for YOU in that nudging!

So, my research began on the word Lincoln. I found some really great ideas, and some remarkable words to live by.

I first went to The Lincoln Motor Company web site. I clicked on each featured car, and here is how they were described:

Politely Progressive
I just LOVE this! Progressive is a great way to liveforward motion! And when we are moving forward, learning and growing, its best to be polite about it.

Exquisitely Crafted to Raise Eyebrows
I think we are all exquisitely crafted. Some of us do not believe thatbut it is a truth. If we all had the attitude and the confidence that we were crafted that way, I bet more people would raise their eyebrows at us. Confidence is SEXY!

Uncommon Sense
Common sense is awesome and gets us places, but Uncommon sense seems more FUN! Sometimes we need to let loose and GO FOR IT!

I think we all do our best work when we are truly inspired! Are you inspired, or do you just drag your feet through life? Have YOU inspired someone lately! Get inspired and do something you LOVE!

We are all original and uniquetap into your God-given gifts and use them. Shine like the bright star that you are. You are a one and only original!

The Luxury of Versatility
Being versatile is so freeingand when you loosen your grip you are free to do things you never dreamed could beand doing them in style and in luxury is twice as delicious!

Right there, I was fascinated with the wealth of knowledge I had stumbled upon. But, I still had Mr. Abraham Lincoln in the back of my mind. So, next I looked into his life. I was hoping that he and I would have some things in common, that would somehow shed some light as to why he kept showing up everywhere, but we really didnt. He did have four sons and I do have four daughters. He was clinically depressed, and I am not. So, I went to some of the quotes that kept crossing my path, and they are really greatHere are five of them that I think you will glean some wisdom from and love:

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.This is so true. Attitude is everything, and YOU decide how you will react toward life every daychoose to be HAPPY!

In the end, its not the years in your life that count. Its the life in your years.Make every day countwe dont know when our time on this plane will be over!

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends with them?This one speaks so deeply to me, how powerful! Instead of Destroying your enemy by being mean and hostile and taking revenge, you can Destroy an enemy by befriending them. WOW!

Whatever you are, be a good one.
Yes, be the BEST you can be, each and every day!

Everybody likes a compliment.
I have never met anyone who does not like to be told they are good or doing well or are awesome. Some people may act like they dont like a compliment, but deep down everyone does. I always say, Hand out compliments freely; it blesses you and the recipient!

WOWwhat a great bunch of eye-opening wisdom hereall because I was aware of the nudges I was receiving and acted upon them.
This is a wonderful thing to be aware of
it is part of our intuitionwhich many people ignore.
When you feel something, or notice something over and over again, be open to the message or lesson that is coming your way.

Take Action: This week and moving forward, lets put these wonderful pieces of inspiration to use in our lives. Lets take Lincolns Wisdom and Good Abes advice and be a better person because of this new-found knowledge. Lets also tune into our intuition and not dismiss it. Lets embrace it and learn and grow from it.

Because Together is Better,


  1. I love your blog this week. Appropriately goes well with my son’s birth on 6/6. I bet you can guess his name.

    • Thank you Scott! I LOVE that your son was born as I was writing this blog post and that his name is “Lincoln”…that is so awesome!!! Congratulations! -Deanna

  2. Here is one more tidbit of inspiration from “Abe”
    In 1831, Abraham Lincoln failed in business.

    In 1832, Abraham Lincoln was defeated for state legislator.

    In 1833, Abraham Lincoln tried a new business, and failed.

    In 1835, Abraham Lincoln’s fiancée died.

    In 1836, Abraham Lincoln had a nervous breakdown.

    In 1843, Abraham Lincoln ran for congress and was defeated.

    In 1848, Lincoln ran again, and was defeated. Again.

    In 1855, Lincoln ran for the Senate, and lost.

    In 1856, Lincoln ran for Vice President, and lost.

    In 1859, Lincoln ran again for the Senate. He was defeated.

    Then, in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States.

    What matters most is not how many times you fail, but that you never stop trying.

    • Gigi, I love this! It’s so very true…”What matters most is not how many times you fail, but that you never stop trying!” Thank you for those inspiring facts! -Deanna

  3. I love the quote about “It’s not the years in your life that count but the life in your years.” JIm Rohn said that quite a bit. And, it’s so true. Interesting that LIncoln kept coming up for you.

  4. This is an awesome list of wisdom. Bookmarking this for future reference… I think what stuck out to me the most that you noticed ‘Lincoln’… how often would that go unnoticed. Way to go for being in tune with your surroundings.

  5. Interesting article! I am glad you let it lead you to where it did!

    Yvonne Brown

  6. Veronica says:

    Great inspiration! Lincoln was a great president!

  7. I love this blog! Truly great stuff

  8. Great quotes and great motivation.

  9. Great post Deanna! Thanks for sharing

    “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.“….. Love it

  10. Wow.. thank you! I must come back many times and re-read this. Nice way of weaving all of your intuitive nuggets together.

  11. Oh i love this…am all about intuition!!!!
    Great one D…love the diversity!!!

  12. Thanks for the great post. I’m not sure about the car, however, I think Abraham Lincoln was a great President and I appreciate the quotes you posted.

  13. Staying inspired is really what counts

  14. WOW! What an inspiring post! Thank you for sharing. I needed this today for no other reason than the reminder.

  15. One of the most amazing days of my life was spent at the Lincoln Memorial in DC. I could go back and live on these steps if they’d let me!

  16. I carry a post-it pad and sharpie, when I feel inspired, I write something like, “You’re awesome, just be you!” and post it in a public restroom on the mirror in hopes to lift someone up 🙂 Great post – as always!

  17. Great post..So funny you bring up Lincoln..just on my way home from Ireland we had a layover at Chicago O’Hare airport and in the airport was a huge statue of Lincoln! It was awesome!

    • That is synchronicity Daniele! I LOVE that! This past weekend, a friend told me her friend had a baby boy and named him Lincoln! -Deanna

  18. lol isn’t it great when we get these moments. I love the one about making friends with enemies to destroy them ha great one.

  19. Just two weeks ago I was in Springfield, IL visiting Lincoln’s home.. Was definitely a great experience that everyone should see..

  20. Ha! I drive a Lincoln Aviator. I believe because Lincoln is so treasured in our history the name carries some weight.

  21. Very interesting. Seems like “lincoln” was sending you messages somehow.. I know that sounds crazy, but sometimes things like this pop up on us for a reason..

  22. I love the Lincoln Quotes.. I didn’t realize some of those were his.
    Thanks !!

    PS.. the car isn’t bad either !!
    Canada has abolished our pennies.. if US goes that way…..

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