Hanson for President this Tuesday?

Hanson for President this Tuesday?

Hanson for President this Tuesday?

Tuesday, in the U.S., will be a big day as we elect a new President. It’s been a very contentious campaign and a lot of people will be glad to see the day come. I’d like to introduce a President from the past. This, in a picture from Wikipedia, is John Hanson.

According to Wikipedia, “John Hanson was a merchant and public official from Maryland during the era of the American Revolution. In 1779, Hanson was elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress after serving a variety of roles for the Patriot cause in Maryland. He signed the Articles of Confederation in 1781 after Maryland finally joined the other states in ratifying them.

In November 1781, he was elected as President of the United States in Congress Assembled, and became the first president to serve a one-year term under the provisions of the Articles of Confederation.

While George Washington is recognized by historians as the first President of the United States, having served under the current United States Constitution, some biographies of Hanson have made the unconventional argument that Hanson was the first holder of the office.


We are each the President of Our Own Lives!

So, while the above information may be helpful in case you appear on the TV game show Jeopardy, the message here is that we are each the President of our own lives. We actually have a personal election every day.

When we wake each morning, we subconsciously vote for the attitude we’ll have that day. We either vote for a positive attitude or a negative one. Then we govern our day according to that decision.

Unfortunately, it’s easier to pick a negative attitude. That’s often an excuse for not taking action to improve what isn’t working in our lives. It takes a real effort to look for the good, in ourselves and in people around us. Dale Carnegie, in the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, said that we should look for the good and, as much as possible, disregard the bad.

If your attitude elections have not been good, may I suggest that each day is another opportunity for a better election. The following affirmation may

A Personal Election Affirmation

“I’m the President of my own life. I look for the good and, as much as possible, I disregard the bad.”

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