Some Stories About “The Good Turn”

For Scouter 5  this week I’m sharing some thoughts about the good turn. Most times a good deed remains unseen and passes in a heartbeat between the doer and the recipient. Sadly even for myself life’s hectic all to often causes us to forget this simple little promise we make each week. To help remind us (and me) here are a few stories to ponder in the coming week.

Stars Are Good Deeds

I often think, when the sun goes down, the world is hidden by a big blanket from the light of heaven, but the stars are little holes pierced in that dark blanket by good deeds done by men in this world.

The stars are not all the same size; some are big, some are little, just as some men have done large deeds and others small deeds. But they have made their hole in the blanket by doing good before they go to heaven.

Look up there and find a spot to make your hole in the blanket by good work while you are on earth. It is something to BE good, but it is far better to DO good.

Lord Baden-Powell

One Good Deed Deserves Another

This is a true story…

In 1999, a 10 year old boy was a bat boy for a Little League game. He was in the wrong spot just as a player swung for a ball and the bat struck him right in the chest. The impact stopped his heart. Lucky for him, a woman watching the game jumped out of the stands, gave him CPR, and he began breathing again.

In 2006, a woman was eating lunch in a restaurant. When she began choking, a young man washing dishes rushed over and performed the Heimlich manuever, causing her to cough out the food that was choking her.

The woman in the first story was named Peggy Brown. The boy’s name was Kevin Stephan. The woman in the second story was named Peggy Brown and the young man was Kevin Stephan, now a 17 year old Life Scout.

Peggy had saved Kevin and over 6 years later, he repaid the favor by saving her life. He had learned his life saving skills through Boy Scouts and added to them through firefighter training.

Why do we teach first aid, life saving, and all these skills in Boy Scouts? Why is our motto “Be Prepared”? Well, this is a great example of ‘WHY’.

For those of you doing the 24 in 24 challenge – keep up the great work! For those of you that haven’t yet,please consider it. There is no need to complete all 24 days, just do your best. Even one good turn is one more than yesterday. I hope you have a great week and I’m going to leave you with this video to reflect on.

Until next time…

Be safe, be prepared, and keep Scouting!

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