I recently read “Mornings on Horseback” by David McCullough … one of my favorite history writers … about the young life of one of my favorite presidents, Theodore Roosevelt.
The book covers young T.R.’s youthful battles with asthma, his family’s world-wide travels, and his shooting and studying every wild animal he sees. We read about his college life, entrance into New York state politics, his first marriage, and his time in the West after his wife and mother died on the same day, in the same house.
At his father’s suggestion, young “Teedy” built his body through exercise, concentrating on boxing at Harvard.
My favorite passage in the book is about Roosevelt during his “ranchman” days. In a Montana bar a drunken cowboy with a gun in each hand decided to make fun of Roosevelt’s glasses. Roosevelt knocked him out cold with one punch. He later explained that the cowboy had made the mistake of standing too close to him and with his heels close together.
Our thought for today is from Theodore Roosevelt:
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”