Monday, July 25, 2005

Abraham Lincoln and Harry Potter

You would think there was not much of a connection between the two.
Well, think again.

In the latest wizardly adventure, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry and company must learn to "apparate" - travel invisibly from one place to another. Neat trick. Their professor tells them that the secret to this skill is to think: "Destination, Determination and Deliberation." That phrase struck a cord with me. Isn't that how we should "go" anywhere, invisible or not?

Destination: We decide "where" we want to be - for example: "Where do I want to be five years from now?"

Determination: We set our intention on how we're going to achieve that goal

Deliberation: We proceed to that goal.

Okay, you may say - good ideas, but where does Abe come into the equation?
I recently found this quote by our sixteenth President:

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.- Abraham Lincoln

"Destination" - the "thing" that must be done.
"Determination" - the reason why it must be done
"Deliberation" - finding the way.

Maybe Lincoln went to Hogwart's.


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