I attended a lecture last night on America and economics. It was a fascinating lecture and as the floor opened for questions I asked, “How can we truly make a difference?” The answer that came has been growing on me ever since. “Retain confidence.”
Retain confidence. What simple, powerful, bold words. Retain confidence in what? What if we retained confidence in our country, in our homes, our lives, our families, our work, our freedoms? What if we retained confidence in our God? There is so much negativity everywhere we turn today that sometimes that confidence falters for me. When I rally with like-minded people though, those who still believe in the greatness of America, I am buoyed up.
As we retain confidence, we reach out and effect change. As John Adams stated to his wife Abigail in a letter dated May 12, 1780, “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”(i)
John Adams retained confidence. May we so live, so love and so die that we may keep America great and our precious freedoms intact. How do you retain confidence?
i Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, post 12 May 1780