Warning: Lincoln can get into your blood!

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I often give the warning to my listening audience when presenting  one of my Lincoln “talks.”  I tell them that Lincoln can “get in their blood.” It happened to one of the young boys a couple of years ago. He was so inspired by what I had said that he began to absorb everything he could about Abraham Lincoln. Fortunately for him, Lincoln is everywhere! I chanced to learn something about him a while later. He was 13 years old. He had been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. He was considered a “problem” at school. He was on heavy duty psychiatric medications. His home life was chaotic. Many people had “given up” on him. He liked that Lincoln started out in life with nothing. He also liked that Lincoln had bouts of depression. I saw him a year later. He still had serious issues-but he had found a focus in life. I threw some Lincoln questions out to him. Well, he knew his stuff-he got the answers without hesitation. I asked him what he wanted to do with his life. He said he’d like to write a book on Lincoln. I didn’t want to discourage him but I mentioned there are 15,000 books on Lincoln already. He replied that with his book there would be 15,001. Yeah, Lincoln had got into his blood. Maybe he’ll be able to get some or all of the psychiatric medication out of his blood.

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