“These are the times that try men’s souls,” in the words of Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776, “the summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the the love and thanks of man and woman.
This was a time of great desperation among the soldiers of the Continental Army. General George Washington knew that his army was in a state of low morale and that something had to happen to lift them up from a spiraling death grip.
On December 25, 1776, he led these american soldiers across the frozen Potomac River, under the cover of the darkness of night, into the town of Trenton, New Jersey, making an early morning surprise attack December 26th
on the British Army and their hired mercenaries of German Hessians. They were totally taken by surprise and General Washington obtained a badly needed victory which probably saved the American Army. It certainly was a pivotal moment in the War for Independence!
History is a peculiar and capricious story of mankind. Human enterprise, both victory and defeat, fortune and folly are all told and recorded for posterity, for the ages. We should be so favored to be remembered on the “better” side of history!
When things go wrong, as they often do, step back and reflect on what has happened. You might want to apply the the “Three E’s” to see everything clearly.
E – Examine
These three things can help you to really “Examine” what happened. Look at the whole picture so that you can “Evaluate” what has happened and that you are not receiving a false impression. And finally take action to correct or “Execute” that which will make it right.
Einstein, I believe, said that there is no past and no future, only the present. The reality of the “present” moment is all that matters. Ummm…… This is heavy and you might want to ponder upon this. In science maybe, in philosophy I don’t know! You decide!
One thing that I do know, is that we rarely get a second chance to do the same thing. For example, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. So be it what it is, it is what it is!
What are the pivotal moments of your life?