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Face Value

Ted Engstrom in HIGH PERFORMANCE (Here’s Life Publishers, 1988) tells the story of a trusted advisor of President Abraham Lincoln who
recommended a candidate for Lincoln’s cabinet. Lincoln declined and when asked why, he said, “I don’t like the man’s face.”

“But the poor man is not responsible for his face,” his advisor insisted.

“Every man over forty is responsible for his face,” Lincoln replied, and the prospect was considered no more.

That makes me want to look into a mirror! It’s always been a comfort to me that I am BEHIND my face. I can look at something else.


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