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Happy as You Make Up Your Mind to Be

I have always liked this quote by Lincoln, but when I first read it, I didn’t believe it was from him. He never seemed happy to me, and why would he have been? When he was a boy, his mother and sisters died. His father treated him like an indentured servant, renting him out to work for people to make money. As president, he faced a country divided, a war that caused the death of an entire generation of young men, and the hostility of taking a stand against slavery. He had a terrible personal life, including the death of a child and a bipolar wife. Lincoln suffered from severe melancholia; had he been alive today, he’d probably be on some sort of antidepressant. Why go on? Well, he made up his mind to…

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