Scout is Cheerful
A Scout is Cheerful. He
makes others happy and always looks at the brighter side of life.
A Scout always approaches
every situation and every problem with a smile. A Scout is happy and tries
to make others happy, even when the situation is such that nothing can
be happy about it. He looks on the brighter side of things, noting that
"things could be worse". In chores and routine things, the Scout tries
to find ways in doing them which would achieve the goal yet leave everyone
It is not the purpose of
this point to force every Scout to be happy about everything; things occur
and as human beings, we each have differing ways of dealing with those
events and sharing our emotions about them.
However, as things go bad,
as they usually will: the rainstorm that wipes out your warm fire, the
cancellation of a good TV or radio program, the death or sudden illness
of family or loved ones or just a good friend --those instances are times
in which you must use your temperment and outlook to help others to get
past the sadness.
"Nothing bothers you, Mike",
I've heard people tell me. "No matter what happens". Yes, things do bother
me, but I don't dwell on them to a point where it drags me down with it.
I worry about paying the monthly bills. I worry about finding a better
job, something more fulfilling than the two jobs I have now. I worry about
my children's health and safety. I worry if my wife has a warm blanket
to lay on.
Worry does nothing, however,
but make you worry more. Sitting down and coming up with solutions, even
those that aren't always favorable, is a lot better.
I release stress. I write.
I read. I watch TV or listen on the radio to something different. It could
be Celtic music, or a movie. A walk or a jog down to the edge of the fields
and back again. Something. No matter what I do, however, there is always
something out there that somehow turns the muscles in my jar and cheeks
upward and round.
Be tearful, be upset, be
disappointed -- but do so in a way that would lead others to behave likewise.
I remember a television star once saying that he could make hundreds of
people cry over a sad piece in his show. The hardest part, he said, was
to make those same people who were crying a momment ago laugh in big belly
whoppers at the same situation. That, he said, was cheerfulness.
Be happy whenever you can.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (Settummanque, the blackeagle)
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