Wisdom From Books

We are, what we are, due to our circumstances – Is this true?

Posted on: January 16, 2010

Several years ago, I was invited to hear an important speaker address the student body of a small college in South Carolina. The auditorium was filled with students excited about the opportunity to hear a person of her stature to speak to them.

The speaker began: “I was born to a mother who was deaf and could not speak. I do not know who my father is or was. The first job I ever had was in a cotton field”

The audience was spell bound.

“Nothing has to remain the way it is if that’s not the way a person wants it to be” She continued.

“It isn’t luck and it isn’t circumstances and it isn’t being born a certain way that causes a person’s failure to become with it becomes” And she softly repeated:

“Nothing has to remain the way it is if that’s not the way a person want it to be.”

“All a person has to do”, she added in a firm voice:,

“to change a situation that brings unhappiness or dissatisfaction is answer the question: ‘How do I want this situation to become’? Then the person must commit totally to personal action that carry them there”

Then a beautiful smile shone forth as she said:

“My name is Azie Taylor Morton. I stand before you today as treasurer of the United States of America”

Narrated by Bob Moore in The Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work.

As per Wikipedia: Azie Taylor Morton (February 1, 1936 – December 7, 2003) served as Treasurer of the United States during the Jimmy Carter administration (September 12, 1977 to January 20, 1981). She remains the only African American to hold that office. Her signature was printed on U.S. currency during her tenure; this is an honor she shared with four African American men.

If you are interested to read short stories ranging from one page to three pages, Chicken Soup for the Soul at Work is the book you should choose.

Short, interesting and motivating stories – I like most of it in the sections on follow your heart, creativity at work, overcoming obstacles, on courage and lessons and insights. Hope you will like the book.

Do you have any interesting idea from any book which you would like to share? simply send an email to wisdomfrombooks@gmail.com

Keep reading and enjoying!

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