Inspired by works of biography and history, Our Story is a collection of 27 riveting tales from Western historical memory – primarily the U.S. presidency – that draw on the stories of individuals to illustrate important facets of our humanity. Through the lens of great historical figures and events, author Matt Lively shows the best, worst, and most exciting sides of presidents and other historical figures in personal and didactic short stories. This isn’t a scholarly work. It’s a fun, educational, short storybook, meant for current life and societal application as well as entertainment. History is fun, it can teach us a lot, and it’s extremely important for us to learn about for these reasons and more. That’s the point of Our Story.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-40
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I have always been fascinated by history, particularly by presidential biographies. I have taught cadets about leadership in Air Force ROTC for three years, and often drew on history to teach better. I merged my passions into this book. Our Story is an attempt to condense biographical and historical stories into short forms to teach life lessons.
In between these stories of bold action, it is fitting we address the concept of complacency. Complacency is defined as “a feeling of smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements” or, in other words, getting comfortable with not doing your best. For example, final exams are big determinants of overall grades in college, and so it’s important that students push themselves academically at the end of the semester than any other…but it’s also easy to slack off, especially when you’re tired, fatigued, and just plain spent near the end of the line. It’s easy to slack but it’s a toxic behavior; near the end of the line, more than any other time, it’s important to try our best and not become complacent.
But complacency isn’t just something students should be worried about. It can and does infect most people’s lives at some point. It’s easy to just put in your time at work without doing your best. It’s easy to just spend all of your free time consuming mindless entertainment. It’s easy to live life on autopilot and it’s easy to be complacent. But it’s wrong. By not always doing your best, you’re minimizing not only your own growth, but the potential good you can bring into the lives of others. We can look to the American Civil War for a clear example of this concept.
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