We are Capable of Greatness.

A number of years ago I had an opportunity to accompany one of my sons on a Scouting Trip. It was a 50-mile trek into the Bear Tooth Range. During that trip, I was able to see how this scout leader, set an example, of leadership.

The second or third day the scout and this leader started to set up camp in the wrong place. It was interesting to watch him handle the situation. Rather than try to save face, he was humble enough to accept the fact he was not an expert at map and compass, and allow a natural flow of solution finding to work. We eventually figured out where we were, and where we wanted to go and continued on to camp.

Yet, he had gone as far as to plan the trip, help the scouts get ready, and much much more. He even took the time to find short quotes to inspire the scouts. Each day he had small pieces of paper he handed out. They contained quotes, which he asked us to memorize. It is a great idea. We can all use inspiration. He was/is (I believe there is more than the deep eternal sleep when we move on) a truly great leader!

Below is the quote I remember to this day. In sharing may I suggest a thought? For whatever reason, we have a tendency to prejudge ideas, if we identify a person who said it. I would like to suggest we look at the meaning or content of the words, not so much the people who say them. This quote was by a President of the US, who I believe set a great example. For whatever reason, I liked the quote, I hope you find value in it.

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in that gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” — Theodore Roosevelt

I would like to recommend taking a moment and reading about this great leader, whose face is part of Mount Rushmore, here a wiki link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt

Also, I have included a couple of links that contain some good wisdom and thought-provoking ideas. It may sound strange but at times I feel cursed because I believe I can see or feel how wonderful life is when we are able to team up, take the path less traveled, and strive to make the world a better place.

I heard my football coach yell at another player, “There is no I in team.” I am guessing he was suggesting the player should remember we are a team, and learn how to work as a team better?

It made me think, yes teamwork is essential, yet, we as individuals all bring important elements to the team, “Is there a way to encourage teamwork, and not undermine the individual?” So I changed the saying from “There is no I in team.” to “Yes, there is no I in team, nor is there a U, but without U and I there is no team.”

When I started teaching climbing, and outdoors skills it was neat, but something was missing, “it was the spiritual or human betterment side of things.” So I decided to promote good living principles when it made sense. I have done my best to do that over the years. This is just another installment in my goal to do so.

Although currently, I find things are a little challenging, I am going to do my best to promote a better world for my family, friends, community, and world. That is what these posts are about. I guess I feel a responsibility to promote good living principles.

Together we can make the world a better place, but we must avoid the temptation to make it a “them against us thing,” rather we must learn to give each other space to grow, and learn, and be who we are. Banging heads with each other, and trying to force our will on others, is a descending path down to hell. Kind of like the “eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,” mentality. It only leads to a society of blind, toothless people.

Here are a couple of other things I think you will enjoy. Thanks for your efforts to make life better, and thanks for being you.

We are Capable of Greatness . . .

“The Real Champions of Tomorrow will be Champions of Cooperations rather than Competition . . .”  — Dennis Waitley