"Tapestry of the Centuries"
by Vladimir Gorsky (1953-2008) was a Russian-American) Painter
In honor of President's Day, let us never forget what freedom means. On display at the Museum of Biblical Arts in Dallas is the "Tapestry of the Centuries," painted with 350 faces of people and historical events that shaped the history of the world from the time of Christ up to the year 2000. The canvas measures 9' x 18' and took three years to paint. This is only a portion of Vladimir Gorsky's painting. As we celebrate President's Day with many institutions in America closed, let us never forget that regardless of who we are, whether we have occupations or not, we all share the freedoms won because of the sacrifices made by others.
On February 17th, most Real Estate Agents will be working and many will take the day off. This weekend I took the time to read about some of our U.S. Presidents and how impactful they were to the Real Estate Industry. Here are some quotes to ponder:
"Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty." --- John Adams, Vice President to George Washington, President of the United States of America from 1797-1801.
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ---Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson served as Vice President to John Adams and became President in 1801 through 1809. His wife died before assuming office. His two Vice Presidents were Aaron Burr and beginning in 1805 through the end of his term George Clinton.
"The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money." ---James Madison, President of the United States of America from 1809-1809, 1809-1812, 1812-1813, 1813-1814, 1814-1817. He was married to Dolley Madison. George Clinton served as Vice President from 1805 to 1812. In 1812 through 1813, the office of Vice President was vacant. Between 1813-1814, Elbridge Gerry was Madison's Vice President. From 1814 through 1817, the office of Vice President was vacant.
"Real Estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world." ---Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the USA became President in 1933, married to Eleanor Roosevelt, his first term of office was 1933-1941, John N. Garner, VP, re-elected 1941-1945, VP was Henry A. Wallace, 1945, Vice President to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman.
"Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate." ---John F. Kennedy. President of the United States of America from 1961-1965.
"No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach." ---Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America since 2017. Vice President, Mike Pence.
The painting by Vladamir Gorsky is a rare opportunity to see and ponder world history, the faces, the presidents, kings and queens, the places, hardships and victories, and the role each person serves in history. Whether they are in leadership positions, fly to the moon, discover cures, inventors, or fight for a cause, everything changes. It could be diversity, education, medical breakthroughs, or inspirational dreams --- all of these and those who come after are worthy of being saluted and honored for the parts they play in world history. In sum, freedom does come at a price. Although the probability to becoming President of our country is rare, let us never forget there are heroes among us, great and small. Challenges are many. In the immortal words of Nelson Mandela, "Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."