Former U.S. presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson used to be hot rivals but became close friends later in life. In fact, for the last twelve years of their lives, they wrote to each other almost daily. In one letter about a year before his death, Jefferson wished the ailing Adams “nights of rest” and “days of tranquility.”

Near the end of their lives, they wrote to each other that they wanted something very special. Do you know what they wanted?

Former US presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were waiting for something important to happen. What was it? What are you waiting for?They wanted to live to see the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence—the 50th 4th of July, if you will. It was important to them to see that the new nation reached the landmark birthday of fifty years old, for they believed that if their new republic of America could make it to fifty years old, it had a chance of surviving for years to come.

Both men made it to the nation’s 50th birthday, but only just. They both died on July 4, 1826! You can read more about it here.

Now it’s your turn: What are you waiting for? What in your future are you longing to see happen? Be specific.


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