Re: Scouting Life's Problems
Dave Tracewell (email@example.com)
Fri, 23 May 1997 01:57:11 -0700
Cliff, very well written... your words and insight to the problems you
discussed touched me.
>These incidents are very disturbing and raise several issues but yield no
>answers or lessons. At least I've never found any.
Nor will you. It is a loss that is, in an instant, uncomprehensable,
terrifying, and hopeless. We seek to make some sort of sense or reason for
it and find none. I recently lost a niece in a similar instance and still
find myself asking for answers... answers that will never be realized.
>As volunteer Scouters we can teach the ideals of Scouting through our
>everyday lives and the opportunities granted us through the Scouting
>program. We can use Scouting to reach kids in a positive way.
And hopefully "that horse" will drink in some of what Scouting has to
offer. Sometimes when we lead that horse to water we sometimes have to dunk
it's head to make it realize what's there... :-)
>"they need to
>understand we're hoping for their success, not waiting to pounce on
Yes... but the real trick it to figure out how to get them to realize it!
>Part of faith is to look
>unflinching toward the good, and not be defeated by the bad.
Good words, but tough to handle in many cases...
>As volunteers we are sometimes very limited in what we can do. Many
>problems require intervention by trained professionals.
>Someone once compared Scouters to lighthouses. They stand tall and send
>out a bright focused beam of light warning of danger and guiding toward a
>safe and a true route.
Great analogy... do you have a source?
>can however focus our energies on providing a safe positive program and
>believing in what we do. We can look for the best in each boy and try to
>help him build a foundation on the finest attributes within him. We can
>guide them and teach them faith and patience through our actions. We can
>find the courage and strength to persevere even when all our best efforts
Again, wise words for many of us to remember... thank you.
Cliff, again, thank you for the wise words, and I, for one, see nothing
"corney" about what you've written.... write away!!! I look forward to your
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