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I want you all to look at the stars tonight.
Sailors learned thousands of years ago that the positions of the stars were always the same in relation to each other, and that you could always find them in the same places in the sky, depending on the time of night and the time of year.
The stars were always there,... regular and predictable. The sea may change, a ship may change, captains may change, but the stars never did. A sailor could steer his ship by them and never have to worry about getting lost.
Stars are sort of like values in that way. We have a lot of stars in scouting's sky--the twelve points of the scout law. The Scout Oath has some stars in it, and what about our motto? That's a star too, and our slogan?
A poet once wrote, "Give me a tall ship and a star to steer her by."
Remember that scouting's values are like the stars, ---and if you always set your course by them, your not likely to get lost. [Read More] 05-Mar / minute
"Help me," the snake cried.
"Why should I help you, a rattlesnake? You are known to bite and kill people," replied the young brave.
"I am cold and almost frozen. Please put me in your warm shirt and take me down the mountain to where it is warm where I can survive," said the rattlesnake.
"How do I know that you are not going to bite and kill me?" asked the brave.
"Why should I bite the person who saves my life?" replies the snake.
"Ok. I do not like to see anyone die. Promise you won't bite me?" asked the brave.
"I Promise," replied the snake.
So the Indian boy placed the snake in his shirt and walked down the mountain. As he opened his shirt to let the snake out, the rattlesnake bit him.
"WHY DID YOU BITE ME? You promised you wouldn't bite and kill me!" yelled the young brave.
The snake replied, "You knew who I was when you picked me up. You have nobody to blame for your death but yourself."
Today scouts, one doesn't prove his maturity by living alone in the wilderness anymore, but instead shows that he is a man by living wisely and making good decisions by himself.
There are rattlesnakes hiding in the streets today that go by the names of marijuana, cocaine, crack, speed, acid, ...drugs. Drugs will falsely promise a lot of good times and laughs, but will instead lie to you, get you to steal and break the law in other ways, and if not kill you, rob you of your health and brains. The few hours of chemical-induced pleasure may cost you the rest of your life in permanent brain damage or physical disability.
When you decide to prove to others that you are mature enough to be a man, prove it by making the right choice NOT to do any drugs and stick to that decision. [Read More] 05-Mar / minute
In this particular area it was a daily occurance that the tide would wash up thousands of Starfish on the sand that would soon die if they didn't get back in the water. I asked him why he was doing this? It was surely an effort in futility and what difference would it make?
His answer made me stop and think, he said, as he tossed another Starfish into the water, "It made a difference to him!"
So when you think that a task might be overwhelming and you won't make a difference just think of the man who made a difference to that Starfish!! [Read More] 05-Mar / minute
Life isn't about keeping score.
It's not about how many friends you have or how accepted you are.
It's not about if you have plans this weekend or not.
It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have or what kind of car you drive or where you go to school.
It's not about how handsome or ugly you are, the clothes you wear, the shoes you wear, or what kind of music you listen to.
It's not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown or if your skin is too light or too dark.
It's not about how smart you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are.
It's not about what clubs you're in or how good you are at "your" sport.
Life just isn't about those things.
Life is about choices.
It's about who you make happy. It's about kindness and generosity.
It's about holding and sharing trust. It's about friendship.
It's about faith, integrity, and character.
Most of all, it's about using your life to touch other people's hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.
Only you can choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices make up what your life is all about. [Read More] 05-Mar / minute
The moral of this story is that while growing up we all learn stupid tricks that don't serve us in our current situation. We need to recognize them and let go of them. [Read More] 05-Mar / minute
Paraphrased From: The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley
Once upon a time there was a wise man that used to go to the ocean to do his writing.
One day he was walking along the shore. As he looked down the beach, he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to the day. So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw that it was a young man and the young man wasn't dancing, but instead he was reaching down to the shore, picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?" The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out. And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it. You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely. Then bent down picked another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves and said, "It made a difference for that one."
In closing, there is something very special in each and every one of us and we must each find our own starfish. We have all been gifted with the ability to make a difference and if we throw our stars wisely and well -- the world will be blessed! [Read More] 05-Mar / minute
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