Following Lincoln {Springfield, IL}

While touring the Lincoln home in Springfield I caught a glimpse of some images on the table that appeared much the way photographs would have looked during that time. In my head I envisioned these photographs in a sepia tone and grainy and vintage. And that is just how they turned out.

The bed is a replica of the one that Lincoln would have slept on. The original bed from the home was sold when the Lincoln’s moved to Washington. This bed is actually long enough to fit Lincoln’s 6’4″ frame. 

He and Mary had separate sleeping rooms which was not uncommon if a family had the means to afford it. Also, since Mary had terrible migraines and would often be confined to her bed and Abe would work long hours, well into the night it made a lot of sense for them to have the separate rooms. The home did not have electricity, so all of that work he was doing was by candles or oil lamps.

The stereoscopic player is one like the Lincoln’s owned as well. It sits in the parlor where Abe and his family would gather. Since most of the furniture in the room was not the proper size for Lincoln’s frame, he would lay on the floor and play with the children or read a book.

The mirror and the horse are from the boys bedroom. The boys bedroom was located across the hall from Mary’s room so that she could keep an eye on them.
There are some pieces in the house that were actually owned by Abraham and Mary Lincoln, but I don’t think any can quite top the desk where Abraham Lincoln worked. I think of all the things we need in today’s world to work and he had this simple chair and desk….proving that greatness can be found in the simplest of places and within ourselves, as well.

I stood in awe of this tiny little desk.

When we think tasks are too great for us, we should remember that amazing things dwell inside each one of us. When we are frustrated with our businesses or our personal lives or we are getting overwhelmed, we should reflect on the strength and determination we have. Abraham Lincoln went from being this poor boy living in a one room log cabin to being one of the most beloved Presidents in our history. 

We can learn many lessons from him and his example. We don’t need all the gadgets in the world to succeed, we just need to listen to that little voice inside ourselves. 

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to 
succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” ~Abraham Lincoln

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