Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: SM Mintues
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 08:11:01 -0600
Let others help
Most mornings I listen to WBEV on the radio while getting breakfast and
packing my lunch; I like to get the local news & the weather. One of the
things they have every morning is a horriscope, which I usually ignore
because I don't have a very high opinion of horriscopes & astrology. But
the other day they had one that, for some reason, jumped out at me.
Learn to let others help and you will do better in the coming year.
I got to thinking about it and, you know, that's very good advice. Very
often we want to do things on our own and are reluctant to ask for help.
We may feel that asking for help will give someone else a lower opinion of
us, or that we might lose status within a group or organization, or maybe
we just have an inflated notion of our own abilities.
But very often we do better with help. Look around your homes-- everyone
helps; you don't have just one person doing all the work and the others
sitting around. Look around here--I wouldn't be much of a Scoutmaster
without the help of Mr. Kikkert, Mr. Briggs, Mrs. Weisensel & the other
parents. Mike is a better Senior Patrol Leader because of the help of Alex
& the Patrol Leaders.
So remember: Learn to let others help and you will do better in the coming
Big problems and little ones
I was reading a story recently where the main character had to solve a
difficult problem, a seemingly unsolveable one. And then there was one
sentence that caught my eye; it went: "He could see the prblem, all right,
and like most big problems this one was composed of a lot of little ones.".
That's a very profound statement, very true and something that we seem to
loose track of. Most big problems are, indeed, composed of lots of little
So the next time you have a difficult assignment, or a big project, or any
sort of problem to solve that seems too difficult for you remember that
this big problem is probably a lot of little ones. So stop and think it
over. If you can break that big problem up into a bunch of little ones,
and tackle them one at a time, you might just find that big problem not so
big after all.
Success & Failure
Like many of you I like to read the comics in the newspaper. One of my
favorites is Shoe. There was one a while back where the young bird is
talking to his Uncle, the Perfesser, and said: "I don't get it. You can't
have success without an occasional failure. But you can have failure
without an occasional success."
You know, this is very true. Whatever success you have will be accompanied
by some occasional failure. That's the nature of things. Whenever you try
you will sometimes fail. But remember, if you don't try, you won't fail
but you'll never succeed.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster
Beaver Dam, Wisc.