William Seward – The 200 words project

Here’s this week’s 200 word idea from Allgroanup.com.

A man met with a serious accident on a carriage ride – he broke multiple bones and only a large metal splint held his jaw together. Hearing this, Abraham Lincoln rushed to visit his most trusted confidant, Secretary of State William Seward. Lincoln shared that the Civil War was sure to be over in days. They had finally done it.

Nine days later, Lincoln was assassinated. An assassin came for Seward as well and struck him with a knife till he was sure he was dead. But defying all odds, he was not – the large metal splint from his broken jaw had somehow shielded his face.

Seward recovered, re-took his position as Secretary of State, supported President Andrew Johnson’s plans of reconciliation with the South, and then went on to make what was considered one of the greatest mistakes of the time – buying a piece of land called Alaska for $7.2 million from Russia.

Many things in life won’t turn out like we planned. Some things will even inexplicably take turns down dark roads. But, as Seward’s story shows, we never know what amazing gift lies around the next corner if we are willing to keep going.

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‘The most miserable moments of our lives have the potential for the greatest redemption.’