Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA

Posted: 2018-08-29

Persistence, Patience and Timing

Any worthwhile accomplishment requires ongoing 
determination and sustained effort. In this age of 
instant gratification, we should note that some 
accomplishments may require years, or maybe generations 
of sustained effort.

When an accomplishment requires the cooperation of 
other people or forces, we may need patience to persist 
until the timing is right for all concerned.

You wouldn’t launch a mission to Mars on a moment’s 
impulse. You would wait until the ship’s trajectory 
would intersect with the planet when Mars is at its 
closest point to Earth. If the timing were off, you 
would add at least a year to the voyage.

When the Colony of Virginia sent a resolution to 
Congress in 1776 stating that the 13 British colonies 
should become free and independent states, heads nearly 
exploded among the delegates. A motion was passed that 
any vote on independence must be unanimous in order to 
pass, as it would be wrong to drag any state into a 
condition of treason without its consent.

The delegates were prepared to vote on the issue 
immediately. John Adams of Massachusetts, sensing a 
disaster, stalled by insisting a Declaration be drafted 
to spell out the reasons for and meaning of 
independence. 

Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was delegated to draft the 
declaration. One paragraph of the original draft would 
have, in effect, abolished slavery. Adams argued that 
the slaves were Americans, and if all Americans were to 
be free, it included the slaves.

The rural states of the South regarded the slaves as 
property and insisted their economy depended heavily on 
slave labor. They lacked the vision to realize they 
could have all the laborers they needed, only the 
nature of the relationship would change. Like so many 
people today, they lacked the Imagination to see beyond 
things as they were.

Adams refused to budge on the issue and the southern 
delegates, led by Edward Rutledge of South Carolina, 
walked out of the meeting.

Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania convinced Adams to 
compromise, save the slavery battle for another day, or 
risk losing the independence he had fought so long and 
hard to win.

The offending paragraph was struck, the declaration 
passed unanimously and the USA was born.

It took almost 90 years and a very bloody war until 
slavery was abolished. In 1870 the 15th Amendment 
ensured former slaves had full voting rights.

However their wives could not vote, nor could the wives 
of their former masters.

It was not until 1920 voting rights were guaranteed, 
regardless of sex.

Your Friend and Servant,

Ken Klemm - Florida, USA

P.S. “Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! 
Action will delineate and define you.” ~ Thomas 
Jefferson