Another Thought for the Day...
Thu, 29 Sep 1994 12:17:42 -0700
I found this last night in the book of field notes from our
"University of Scouting", and thought that I should share it
with the net.
WITHIN MY POWER
I am not a Very Important Man, as importance is commonly rated,
I do not have great wealth, control a big business, or occupy a
position of great honor or authority.
Yet I may someday mold destiny. For it is within my power to
become the most important man in the world in the life of a boy.
And every boy is a potential atom bomb in human history.
A humble citizen like myself might have been the Scoutmaster
of a Troop in which an undersized unhappy Austrian lad by the
name of Adolph might have found a joyous boyhood, full of the
ideals of brotherhood, goodwill, and kindness. And the world
would have been different.
A humble citizen like myself might have been the organizer of
a Scout Troop in which a Russian boy called Joe might have
learned the lessons of democratic cooperation.
These men would never have known that they had averted world
tragedy, yet actually they would have been among the most
important men who ever lived.
All about me are boys. They are the makers of history, the
builders of tomorrow. If I can have some part in guiding them
up the trails of Scouting, on to the high road of noble character
and constructive citizenship, I may prove to be the most important
man in their lives, the most important man in my community.
A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account
was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove.
But the world may be different, because I was important in the
life of a boy.
-- Forest Witcraft
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
I didn't used to be anything! (Except younger) Maybe someday...
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