Friday, August 05, 2016

The Honest Abe in You

The goal of this blog is to bring some straight-talk to the Friday night dinner table....
In memory of my father - Dovid ben Eliezer - who's 11th yahrzeit was observed this week.

Dad as LincolnI hope you and your table enjoyed the Abe Lincoln riddle last week.

To the left is a glimpse into the past - my father back in the day.

For years, people told him he looked like Abe.

After years of people needling him about it, he made himself a cardboard stovepipe hat and played the role.

What do you think?

Here's the thing.

They didn't just resemble each other physically. My father also could have easily had the nickname, "Honest". He was simply a straight shooter.

Here's an example:

If he made a mistake, and realized it, he had no problem uttering the three hardest-to-say words in the English language:

"I was wrong."

Nor the two runners-up:

"I'm sorry."

In his memory, I would like to challenge you to this one tiny challenge.

Sometime this weekend, lock yourself in the bathroom, look in the mirror, and practice saying those two phrases over and over, until they roll off your tongue as naturally as leaves to a tree.

Seriously! Try it.

"I was wrong. I'm sorry!"
To err is human, to own up to it is divine.

Shabbat Shalom

PS - Hidden somewhere in this message is a link to a great Lincoln book for summer reading.

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