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[Because It’s Thursday]: Abraham Lincoln Turns 200, Tries to Emancipate Us from Procrastination

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2009-lincoln-reverse-2Hey it’s Thursday! Almost the weekend! But not quite. When Thursday rolls around we often need that extra oomph to keep us chugging along, especially if some of us have a long weekend coming up due to Presidents’ Day (we do not. pfft who needs it??). In honor of our presidents (most of them), and today’s birthday boy Abraham Lincoln (he’s 200!), let’s meditate on Honest Abe‘s famous words of motivation and anti-procrastination:

” Leave nothing for to-morrow, which can be done to-day. Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done.”

From “Notes on the Practice of Law,” in The Portable Abraham Lincoln, edited by Andrew Delbanco (New York: Penguin, 2009), 33 [inspiration Boing Boing]

Wise man. Although we wonder what he’d think of Twitter, or the internet for the matter, the great black hole of procrastination heaven. We’ll think more about it later.

Anyway, to add to his message we are reminded of a favorite quote from the Bhagavad Gita (2.40/4.11), that goes “no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed.”  No matter how many times you stop to tweet or watch Kittens Inspired By Kittens on youtube.

By the way, another fun fact, that image above is one of the facets of the NEW 2009 penny to be released May 14, 2009, because it is the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent!  Here are the other views of Lincoln’s 2 cents:


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