Self Esteem "What's yours?"
Michael J Pagelkopf (mjpagel@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Tue, 3 Dec 1996 16:17:28 -0600
Over the past weeks much of the discussion has included reference to the
Aims and Methods of Scouting. Thoughts have been directed at what we do
as scout leaders and for whom. A leadership phrase comes to mind, "If it's
not for the boys it's for the birds."
Promoting positive self esteem in the youth that we serve is just one of the
many challenges we have as adult leaders. With that in mind I am truly
amazed at some of the phrases used on SCOUTS-L. "My two cents worth", "in
my humble opinion", "just my thoughts", and "for what it's worth" do not
project, to me, a value in what the writer has just shared or is about to
Please take value in your thoughts, feelings, and yes, opinions. If the
readers of SCOUTS-L want to attach a lable onto what has been shared, that
is their right. Please don't add you own tag to what you share.
We are working to create a strong sense of "self" in our young men. I am
good. My thoughts are good. My opinions are good. I am free to contribute
to either the majority or the minority.
People do not have to qualify that of which they speak as being low in
value, modest input, or just my thoughts.
When you share, you are sharing a part of yourself. And thatsharing is
certainly important enough to side behind with "positive self esteem".
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Hiawath District - Gamehaven Council SE Minnesota
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