Having regrets over a choice you made doesn’t, however, mean you made the wrong choice!
Young America was most definitely in the throes of birth pangs. A little over a year later, she would declare her independent existence, and “dissolve the political bands” that tied her to a tyrannical ‘parent’. This birthing process, like any other, would be far from painless and would involve the shedding of blood. The events of April 19, 1775, when eight American heroes lost their lives at Lexington Green, mandated the calling of the Second Continental Congress, during which there would be deliberations to select a commander-in-chief for the colonial militia.
Flashback: It is the fall of 1753. Robert Dinwiddie, governor of Virginia, had previously appointed a twenty year old George Washington adjutant of the Virginia militia, and was now sending him on something of a diplomatic mission. The young Washington was to intervene in a territorial conflict between the French and British over ownership of lands along the Ohio River system. Though unsuccessful in that specific goal, our future first President instead provided critical military intelligence on the French presence in the area. His detailed maps, information and personal assessments of the situation brought him into a very bright spotlight, making him famous in the colonies.
That fame escalated months later when now Lieutenant Colonel Washington played a perhaps unfortunate part in the ambush that precipitated the French and Indian War. Though forced to surrender in a subsequent defeat and resigning his commission in October of 1754, George Washington and his men received official praise for the defense of their country. His growing reputation remained unscathed.
In the spring of 1755, Governor Dinwiddie again recruited Washington. He was made commander-in-chief of the entire Virginia militia. Leading the defense of a 350-mile frontier against the French and their Indian allies, for three years Washington knew no small task. He had to establish his authority, raise an army, command in the field, and juggle politically (via letter) the governor and the legislature to insure the continuance of his funding and the strength of his position. He also had to create and maintain supply lines through the embattled territory to provide for the needs of his troops. Lastly, a discipline necessary for survival was developed, which served George Washington well for the rest of his life.
Back to 1775: so…any of the above sound familiar?
Along inspirational lines, may I suggest that what you experience as trial and struggle in your life, could very well be the hand of God blazing a trail for you towards future greatness. Just consider it.
Again, back to 1775: Though not the only candidate, Washington’s demeanor and well-known prior military experience earned him the office of commander-in-chief of the colonial military forces on the first ballot.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you will return for the conclusion of “We All Have Regrets…” !