November 13, 2022 | Issue #43
1 Quote. 1 Reflection. 1 Question.
"Those unable to catalog the past are doomed to repeat it."
-From: Daniel Handler
-Source: The End
You have heard this quote in one form or another. Presidents have it in their speeches, history teachers have it on their classroom walls, and parents have mentioned it to their children.
History is powerful and it can help you overcome the challenges of life.
Want to get stronger? Read about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Want work-life balance? Read about Theodore Roosevelt.
Need to forgive someone, but don't know how? Read Man Search For Meaning, a personal account of experiencing Nazi concentration camps.
Need to serve others? My latest article on Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross, will help you spring into action.
Reading is not the only option for learning (but it is a pretty damn good one). Talk to your grandparents or older relatives about the problems you are facing. They are living history, with decades of lived experience that is invaluable—relationship problems, insecurity, financial loss, career confusion, they faced it too.
In addition to providing advice and insight, older generations can provide perspective. I remember thinking about moving abroad for the first time and my grandpa told me:
"Welllll, Uncle Sam took me to Japan when I was 18 but I didn't have a choice. You have the chance to travel the world without needing a machine gun, do it."
This comment from my grandpa has stuck with me and I think about it when I face an inconvenience or challenge—The bus is late, finals are around the corner, a flight gets canceled, the restaurant's service sucks. Thinking about the comment from my grandpa makes me realize that these problems are pretty small and that allows me to keep my precious energy.
History repeats itself in good and bad ways. The difference is, the ones who repeat the good ways are students of history and the ones who repeat the bad ways are not.
Sharpen your pencil, clear your desk, and get your notebook out. It is time to solve your problems.
Is there a historical figure that you look up to?
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The 1-Step Forward Newsletter is a weekly Sunday newsletter.
Each issue contains 1 Quote, 1 Reflection, and 1 Question each meant to guide you on the next step forward in your life towards improvement.
November 20 (newer)
“In some ways suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.” -Viktor Frankl
November 06 (older)
"If more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place in which to live." - John F. Kennedy