scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Fw: Good Grief, I learned A lot, Charlie Brown!
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Tue Mar 14 2000 - 22:23:25 CST
Here's a possible SM minute...
> Good Grief, I Learned A Lot, Charlie Brown!
>For 50 years the daily comic strip 'Peanuts' entertained millions of
>readers. Every day, the adventures of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus
>and the whole gang provided many laugh-out-loud moments while at the same
>time offering a daily inspiration and lessons on life.
>With the recent death of 'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz, I reflect on
>how much I enjoyed sharing the adventures of the 'Peanuts' gang and I
>remember the many lessons they taught me...
>1. It's okay to be afraid... just don't let your fears control you.
>Charlie Brown often sat in bed and spoke of his fears, but no matter how
>scared he was, he always did the things he wanted to do.
>2. Persistence wins out. Charlie Brown often lost, failed at much, but he
>never gave up. Even though he knew Lucy was going to pull the football
>away before he could kick it....Even though he knew the tree was going to
>eat his kite... Even though he knew his team would
>lose the ball game, he kept on trying.
>3. It's what you think of yourself that counts. Linus carried a security
>blanket for years and his friends laughed at him. They also laughed at him
>because he believed in the "Great Pumpkin." Pigpen was a walking cloud of
>dust and dirt and was often regarded unkindly. Both characters, however,
>were always proud of themselves and believed
>they were as good as anybody else -- and they were right.
>4. Sometimes you need to talk. One thing the 'Peanuts' gang understood was
>the importance of talking things out. Whether leaning up against
>Schroeder's piano or atop the brick wall, they always had someplace to
>discuss what was of concern to them.
>5. Sometimes you need to listen. Even crabby, self-indulged Lucy knew the
>importance of listening. She started the famous 'Psychiatry Booth' where
>any and all could come and be heard.
>6. Do what you love to do. Through all their adventures, Schroeder
>remained constant in his appreciation of Beethoven and his love of playing
>the piano. He loved to play piano and that's what he did, regardless of
>the circumstances. Charlie Brown flew his kite, played
>baseball and football, not just to win (he knew he wouldn't), but because
>he loved to do those things.
>7. It's important to have friends that care. The 'Peanuts' gang was made
>up of individual characters, each with their own foibles and talents, but
>through it all they were always there for each other.
>8. Big dreams lead to big things. Snoopy was the biggest dreamer of them
>all, but his wild imagination often led to even wilder, more fantastic
>adventures in real life. Snoopy knew that you must have a big dream if you
>are going to lead a big life.
>9. Action creates reality. As Charlie Brown was reminded time and again
>after prodding from Linus: it takes action to bring about change. Though
>he often failed, Chuck took action quite regularly... and every now and
>again things would go his way.
>10. Laugh every day! While the kids themselves may not have seen the humor
>in the things they did, Schulz made sure that we did. Life is only as
>serious or as humorous as YOU make it.
>Lighten up. Go play softball. Fly a kite. Dance with your dog. Smile... it
>makes people wonder what you're up to.
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Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster Outside of a dog a book is
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