Eleanor Roosevelt

One of my heroes in life is Eleanor Roosevelt; so much so, that I used her daily prayer for my own ordination card.

Our Father, who has set a restlessness in our hearts and made us all seekers after that which we can never fully find, forbid us to be satisfied with what we make of life. Draw us from base content and set our eyes on far off goals. Keep us at tasks too hard for us that we may be driven to Thee for strength. Deliver us from the fretfulness and self-pitying; make us sure of the good we cannot see and of the hidden good in the world. Open our eyes to simple beauty all around us and our hearts to the loveliness men hide from us because we do not try to understand them. Save us from ourselves and show us a vision of the world made new.

Not too long ago, NPR’s This I Believe program did a feature on the former First-Lady along with her own essay on thinking.  Not only are her words provocative, but the biography is quite good as well.  Whether you are a fan or not, I believe you will enjoy this perspective.


Credits:  Allison, Jay.  This I Believe Podcast.  National Public Radio.  August 1, 2009.


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