Sunday, May 27, 2012

Duty - Service - Honor

Duty, then is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less.
Robert E. Lee

This last week, I was IMing a co-worker after I got my tooth extracted.  I mentioned to him that I had an obligation that night that I was going to do even though I was recovering from the extraction.

Here's the conversation:
Me:    now for the pain meds.
Him:    yeah... for me personally I skipped the vikodin and stuck with advil... the previous didn't really seem to help and ended up making me feel loopy. just take it easy and give yourself a much needed rest
Me:    yeah.  me? take it easy?
Him:    lol i know... that's why I said it ;) mr I'm going to volunteer for everything ;)
Me:    somebody's gotta do it.
Him:    this is so very true... not enough do.... but it doesn't mean you can't take a day off
Me:    that's what this weekend's for

And that's what I've been doing this weekend...relaxing.

However, I want to talk about volunteering for a moment.

It used to be said that it takes a community to build a man.  Of course, the PC amongst us will say that it takes a community to build a person. :-)

In this day an age, it seems that too many people have the attitude of "I'm too busy to help out, somebody else will take care of it."

We're reaching the point where the following story is too true:

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done

We can not stand idly back and assume that somebody else will take responsibility for raising up the next generation.

So that's why I'm as busy as I am.  I've decided that I will be "Somebody".  I will make an effort and stand for something and hold up those around me to a reasonable standard called honor and integrity.

As such, here is my obligations (no particular order):
  • Family
  • Work
  • Church
    • LDS Home Teaching
    • LDS Stake Young Men's Scouting Specialist
  • Scouting
    • Assistant Scout Master, Troop 371
    • District Unit Commissioner, Pack / Troop / Crew 371
    • District Advancement Committee Member
    • District Program Team Leader
    • Council Activities Committee Member
I've seen some youth chafe and being held to a standard of any sort.  I just hope that my holding them to the same standards I feel I was held to ends up helping them.

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