For Sunday: Loyal, Helpful, and Brave

10.20.13

 

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my country

and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong,

mentally awake, and morally straight.

 

Scout Law

A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.

 

For Sunday, I thought I would share a story told years ago by Thomas S. Monson called The Scouter’s Minute.  I thought it was a great illustration of the power of deep love and loyalty within family.  The name, The Scouter’s Minute, also caused me to reflect on the principles of scouting, as expressed above in The Scout Oath and The Scout Law.  Think about both as you read.

One of two brothers fighting in the same company in France fell by an enemy bullet.  The one who escaped asked permission of his officer to go and bring his brother in.

“He is probably dead,” said the officer, “and there is no use in you risking your life to bring in his body.”

However, after further pleading, the officer consented.  Just as the solider reached the lines with his brother on his shoulders, the wounded man died.

“There, you see,” said the officer, “you risked your life for nothing.”

“No,” replied the solider.  “I did what he expected of me, and I have my reward.  When I crept up to him and took him in my arms, he said, ‘Tom, I knew you would come; I just felt you would come.'”

What a great example of love and loyalty.  The brother “did what was expected” and received his reward.

I believe we are all brothers and sisters on this journey we call life.  Have you built “brother” or a “sister” relationships with those close to you?  Do you have the same deep love and loyalty in those relationships as expressed above?  If you have built such a relationship, I’m confident you are enjoying great happiness as your reward.  Yes, there are hard times.  But life is about relationships more than material wealth.  When all is said and done, what reward will you have received?

Choose to build loving and loyal relationships.

~ SLE

 

4 thoughts on “For Sunday: Loyal, Helpful, and Brave

  1. Reblogged this on The Career Mentoring Project and commented:
    In the world today some might read this post and think “how naive”.

    The path to success is teamwork. No one succeeds based on their own efforts. We all bring something to the table. Results are flat and lack luster if teamwork is missing. If the leader dominates the idea set the team can produce then team members shut down or fight to be heard.

    When leaders are inclusive then teamwork can flourish. Teams that are high performing are “loyal helpful and brave “.

    Working in a vacuum and then expecting others to align to that leadership is a source of team strife that can easily be addressed. Open the conversation. Listen to everyone with the intent to combine ideas.

    Team Leadership is all about team building. Be loyal to all team members. Be helpful. Be brave.

    The behavior of the team leader is echoed in the team. Choose wisely what actions to take to encourage team loyalty and success.

    Decide now how to use the power you have to build teamwork. The results will follow whatever decision you make regarding teamwork. Combining ideas, give and take, inclusive work methods brings the needed results.

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