Friday, September 21, 2007

Mr. Washington

George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, is considered to the Father of his nation, for he was the leader of the revolutionary struggle for American independence from the British colonial rule. Like Gandhiji, Washington was also a lover of truth. When he was only a boy, he admitted chopping down his father’s cherry tree, saying Father, I cannot tell a lie.

Washington’s achievement in uniting the diverse elements which formed the U.S. earned him this unanimous encomium from his countrymen: First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.

Addiction to principles was Washington’s forte.

To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. Cultivate peace and harmony with all nations. When he took over as President of the U.S., he said whatever we do will serve to establish a precedent and hence these precedents should be fixed on true principles.

Once when George Washington was out riding with some friends, one of the horses kicked off some stones in a farmer’s rock fence.

Washington told his colleagues to better replace them.

Oh! Let the farmer do that, they laughed.

Washington dismounted and carefully replaced the stones on the fence.

You are too big to be doing that, a friend remarked.

On the contrary I am the right size, replied Washington.

This is an extract from the book The Great Ones.

27 comments:

krystyna said...

Hi Jeevan!
I live in USA for 5 years. Your post is close to me as USA is close to me as my second country.
Like Gandhiji and Washington I am also a lover of truth.
Thanks for this noteworthy post.

subramani said...

Ya, Washington always believed that "A leader should lead by example, not just by empty sppeches". He is an apt example that every Indian politician should consider following

Neha Nair said...

subramani: It's not that Indian politicians don't know about the blunders they create.. they are ignorant.. even if we show them this extract..they will never change.. cos democrats hesitate in doing anything right because of the influence of money.

Kin'shar said...

Nice written...gotta love those prez

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Greener Bangalore said...

Oh great!! This is a new info about George Washington. Thanks for sharing and your blog looks neat and full of info. Will be a regular hereafter. Thanks again.

R3d3MpTioN said...

Interesting story.. somehow among the countless stories heard about washington, this doesn't appear that frequently ..

Rush said...

reminds me of my recent visit to DC, where one of the tour guides told us this story and many more.

great soul indeed.

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flutietootie said...

It is the small things in life that can lead a person to greatness. Washington paid a lot of attention to everything including the minor details and that is what made him such a huge success.

SY said...

wow..what a beautiful message. We are never to big to be civil.

thanks for sharing
- Sy

Eden said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing, Jeevan.

Santosh Kumar said...

Very inspiring Post. Good job.

eden said...

Nice post. Thank you for sharing.

PriPat said...

great extract!

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Rajesh said...

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