I was racking my brain thinking about what topic to cover today. I was completely frustrated. I had nothing. Suddenly, it hit me! Eleanor Roosevelt! Ok. it wasn’t divine lightening that struck me. I was simply preparing a cup of tea and Eleanor’s famous quote came to mind.
“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor was truly a remarkable woman. Not only was she full of brainy quotes. She was a woman of action.
Elanor in 1945 was appointed to the first American delegation for the UN. What is even more impressive is the fact she penned the Universal Declaration Human Rights, which is still in use today! Impressive or what!? During her husband’s presidency Franklin D. Roosevelt, which by the way was her fifth cousin, yes, a little creepy, but hey it was a different time back then. She wrote a nationwide syndicated newspaper column six days a week. Eleanor wrote from racial inequality, to Pearl Harbor, to day-to-day happenings at the White House.
Although, she came from a wealthy family, she grew up in isolation. Eleanor didn’t have many friends. Her mother died when she was young, her father was a drunk, and her brother Elie died at an early age. So, she was no stranger to sadness. Nonetheless, she grew up to be an astounding woman of strength and courage. She became the voice of those who had no voice, and she was fearless! In 1958 Eleanor Roosevelt drove through a heavily influenced KKK territory, and to make the matter worse there was a $25,000 bounty on her head. You would think she would have taken her secret service protection detail, but no it was just her and her pistol.
I have always admired her work. She was painfully shy. She did not like public speaking, but she knew she had an obligation to be the voice of those who had no voice. So, she subdued her fear of public speaking and stepped into the public eye, and became “the” champion of Human Rights. No blog entry about Eleanor Roosevelt is complete without mentioning a few of her quotes; here are some of my favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotes.
“We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.”
“The Future Belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
“The Giving of love is an education in itself.”