Friday, January 30, 2009

The Churchill Series - Jan. 30, 2009

(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)

Certain people have a sense of a particular destiny.

From his own letters and those of friends and family, we know that even as a youth Patton believed he was destined to command great Armies.

De Gaulle confirms in his war memoirs that the lodestar of his life was his belief in a mystical union between France and himself; and that a time would come when she would be, as he put it, “dishonored” and he would be called to rescue and restore her.

Churchill too had a sense of destiny. Martin Gilbert tells us something of that in Continue to Pester, Nag and Bite: Churchill’s War Leadership:

At the centre of Churchill’s mental energies as war leader was his belief in himself – in his abilities and in his destiny. While at school, he had gathered a group of boys around him and explained his confidence that one day, far in the future, when London was under attack from an invader, he would be in command of the capital’s defenses. (p. 36)
And we have Churchill's own words describing what he felt the night of May 10, 1940 after the King asked him to form a government and serve as his Prime Minister:
I felt I was walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.
Those familiar words need no citation. Most of us never read them without being moved.

I hope you all have a nice weekend. Do you have a favorite in the Super Bowl?

I'm pulling for Pittsburgh because it was the home town of Johnny Unites and some of the other old Baltimore Colts.

See you Monday.