I was a boy scout. My youngest son was a boy scout. He worked very hard and earned the rank of eagle, of which I am still very proud. I was even a scoutmaster in his troop for several years. I was such a good scoutmaster, so proficient was I in leading these boys that I had my salary doubled not once - not twice - but three times.*
My boyhood time as a scout had a profound impact on me and still does to this day. I have even taken part of the Boy Scout Dogma, the Scout Law, made it my own and use it everyday as a guide - a road map to take me to the moral high ground that I believe God might expect me to reside.
I try each day to be...
#1 - TRUSTWORTHY - Trust is the interest paid on how far others will allow me to become a part in their life, how far they will put my needs before theirs. I must be worthy of that trust - I must earn it.
#2 - LOYAL - To myself and to others. In order to support and uplift people worthy of my loyalty I must believe in them and always give the benefit of the doubt.
#3 - HELPFUL - I must be aware of those around me who are in need and as long as I don’t violate any personal or social rules offer my assistance when I can.
#4 - FRIENDLY - In order to have friends I must first be a friend, and I like having friends.
#5 - COURTEOUS - Courteous to individuals and groups that do or don’t deserve it. Especially to those that don’t deserve it., for I have no way of truly knowing the difference.
#6 - KIND - Kindness is the sugar used to sweeten the sourness of life.
#7 - OBEDIENT - I will always have masters - but, even my masters must defer to someone. I must obey in order to be obeyed.
#8 - CHEERFUL - A smile can turn an unbearable task into a bearable one - either from another coming in or from me going out.
#9 - THRIFTY - with money - with possessions - with life and love. Nothing lasts forever, and with most essential things - when they are gone - they are usually gone for good.
#10 - BRAVE - Not being scared is not the same as being brave. being brave is standing up for what I believe to be right even though I am as scared as I can be.
#11 - CLEAN - my body - my mind- my surroundings. I always leave these areas cleaner than I found them - especially my mind.
#12 - REVERENT - I must be humble - I must walk with my head high - there is a time and a place for everything - I must respect myself - I must respect ALL living things and everything I see and don’t see is alive - I must respect God.
This is my moral compass - my spiritual roadmap. This is how try to live my life, lessons learned years ago that I attempt to maintain. Oh yeah I’m also pretty good camper, a good very happy indeed camper.
Have a great day...I know I will.
* (0 x 2) + (0 x 2) + (0 x 2) + (0 x 2)= 0
just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\