As many of us enjoy a long weekend due to a holiday off of work, some of us pause to consider why.
Presidents Day was created as a combination of celebrating the birthday of first President of the USA, George Washington, and the birthday of another notably important president, Abraham Lincoln, but has grown to extend honor to all of the 46 presidents.
While not everyone agrees with the politics and decisions of every president, many of them have led with some famous words of wisdom.
By taking the time to study words of wisdom and how they can help us deepen the connection between our little self and deeper self, we practice a limb of yoga from Patanjali's Niyamas called Svadhyaya.
It's part of the Eight Limbed Path to Enlightenment that means "to study the self." In his Yoga Sutras Patanjali states, "Study thy self, discover the divine." II.44
Here's some Yogi-like wisdom from the top ten most popular US presidents...
“Happiness depends more upon the internal frame of a person’s own mind, than on the externals in the world.”
“Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of Wisdom.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
“We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice of great courage.”
“The object of love is to serve, not win.”
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.”
John F. Kennedy
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
“There’s purpose and worth to each and every life.”
“Love and hope can conquer hate.”