scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Potential SM Minutes
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU
Tue Mar 21 2000 - 09:48:48 CST
The first and last may make good SM Minutes. The second is more of a tribute
than a Minute, but Al has been on my mind lately and I needed to write my
The Tyranny Of Potential
Consider you have one pint of crude from an oil well. This could be refined
into gasoline, air plane fuel, or heating oil. It could be used as a
feedstock for the plastics industry and might be used to make a circuit board,
a heart valve or a new toy. It could be used to tar roads or a roof in a
school. It could be used to make the chemicals leading to a new wonder
The possibilities are nearly endless.
However only one of those potential uses can be chosen for that pint of crude.
Time has even more potential. Again, although there are a myriad
of how it can be used, only one can be chosen. Will you burn it up or make
something out of it? It is your choice, choose wisely.
Al was not a Norman Rockwell Scouter.
Physically, he fit the image of a Bavarian stereotype, short, stocky and
balding. He wore a plain uniform without the District Award of Merit or
Beaver Knots he had earned but kept out of sight. He was not a dynamic
or charismatic leader. But, every Monday night, his kitchen was filled
to 10 Explorers planning the next trek and their upcoming summer adventure.
Two Saturdays each month, dozens of Scouts and explorers filled the rifle
in the police department basement and waited their turns to shoot at the
targets provided by Al. Every summer, 8 Explorers packed into two cars with
Al�s little trailer following behind and his canoes on their roofs as they
prepared for another adventure in the wilderness.
On the outside, Albert Sabel may not have been a Rockwell model, but on the
inside where it counted he was everything a Scout Leader could and should ever
The next time you are paddling a canoe take a moment to look at what you are
doing as you paddle. Are you pushing the water behind you so that the canoe
can advance or are you placing the paddle forward so the canoe can catch up to
it? If you are trying to push the water back, you will work very hard to
headway and it seems you are always looking back. If you set your paddle and
let the canoe advance to it, the movement may be the same but the effort
certainly seems less and you have more time to look forward to where you are
trying to go.
Life is very similar to paddling a canoe. If you try to push others behind
you, you may succeed, but your progress will be arduous and there will be a
great deal of looking back. However, if you choose to set your goals and move
forward toward them, you will have the time and friends to enjoy your
progress. It is the enjoyment of the journey, no matter how hard it was, that
makes the difference between working to finish a job and succeeding at
achieving a goal.
Troop 417 Scoutmaster Emeritus and ASM
Buckeye District Boy Scout RT Commissioner
Post 214 - Black Sheep OA Dance Team and Construction Crew - Advisor
Always an Eagle - EC430 Frenetic Fox
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