Les Miserables

The movie Les Miserables was extremely thought provoking.

I was struck by the fact that college boys were so moved by the thought of freedom that they were willing to die for it. These boys were fueling a movement, starting a revolution while in college.

These were mere boys by our standards. Boys who in our world, at this age are generally playing beer pong and sleeping through classes.

It’s not that college boys now aren’t capable of such bravery and resolve, but they haven’t needed to be. A pattern is seen in history where men are strong, and courageous fighting for things they believe in, and then men prosper. Once men prosper they start to become soft, and they become less vigilant in protecting their rights. Then they begin to lose what they worked so hard for (or their parents did). They then have to strengthen themselves, harden their resolve, and fight for what they believe in. This is the cycle.

Our generation of men have the ability to rise to the occasion, to fight with passion and conviction for what they believe in, but they’ve never been tested. So although we have more knowledge at our disposal, more technology and intelligence, we don’t showcase courage the way those men did during the French Revolution because our circumstances don’t force us to.

We should try to break the cycle and remain strong and courageous throughout good and difficult times. This seems like a better idea than just repeating history right?

What did he do?

Listening to history always sounds like this to me: The son of a poor farmer, he started working at the general store, got on the town committee, studied law, served in the senate and then became president.

It’s all well and good for history to document those important steps to the white house. But do you ever come away wondering, “what exactly did he do to become president?”  How did he spend his monday evenings? What were his weekends like? What was the work that he did to be ready to be president? How he spent his time would probably give us a good idea of what kind of work it takes to reach that level of leadership.

Learning that would be of more interest to me, than the milestones in the life of a president. But I guess if that’s the case, I should stop reading history books, and start reading biographies!

About me

  • I've played piano for 11 years and won various competitions. I have played for weddings, funerals, graduation ceremonies and social gatherings. My brief attempt at teaching young children, taught me how much patience is required for that task!
  • As the oldest girl of 9 children, I quickly learned how to take care of a family, and have since acquired talent for efficient cleaning and organizing.
  • My family and I took many trips together all up and down the east coast. Most often these trips were to Florida and Virginia, where we visited historical areas. I learned how to amuse myself and 8 other children for hours with no wiggle room..... many humorous stories and great memories resulted from that!
  • Being home-schooled from elementary through high school, I taught myself for the better part of my education. I learned how to study without the help of a teacher and with no adult direction. I read a lot; Old magazines, history books,and self educating curriculum. Although finding motivation for math and sciences was difficult, I enjoyed and excelled in areas of history, reading and english.
  • I dabbled in random things - ancient Greek, travel soccer, and performing in musicals. I've even attempted tap dancing, and scrap booking!
  • I graduated early, after deciding I would learn more by starting life, instead of just studying it.
  • I then worked as a doctor's assistant where I learned many valuable skills.
  • Throughout this I continued to read extensively and read 50 non-fiction books in one year
  • Now I have transitioned into working as a client manager for a branding and marketing company.

Life is exciting right now, full of new opportunities and challenges all the time. I'm learning, changing, and growing and it's a wonderful experience!

Our History

Take the time to have conversations with older people, you will benefit. They have stories to tell which you will never hear if you don’t ask. Stories about war, love, bravery, family, and fortune. You can learn what was socially acceptable, how they entertained themselves, what they dressed like. They’ll tell enchanting stories about street corner soda shops, small towns and friday evening dances. From them we will hear firsthand accounts of world events that will be remembered and preserved for many years. What is history to us, was our grandparents reality. Those events shaped their lives. It affected where they lived, what they talked about, and it shaped their goals and identities. What an honor and privilege to listen to those stories which molded our grandparents generation. Through them we can see and understand what the world was like before we arrived.

They have lived through an era that we can only read about in history books, so pull up a chair and listen, you will be enthralled.