SMM – It’s not easy (June 1, 2016)
Let’s be honest. Scout Spirit is not for wimps. It’s not easy being a good person.
It’s not easy to be honest when it might be costly, to play fair when others cheat, or to keep inconvenient promises.
It’s not easy to stand up for our beliefs and still respect differing viewpoints.
It’s not easy to be grateful or to give without concern for reward or gratitude.
It’s not easy to fail and still keep trying, to learn from failure, to risk failing again, to start over, to lose with grace, or to be glad of another’s success.
It’s not easy to look at ourselves honestly and be accountable, to avoid excuses and rationalizations, or to resist temptations.
It’s not easy to bear criticism and learn from it without getting angry, to take advice, or to admit error.
It’s not easy to be consistently kind, to think of others first, to judge generously, or to give the benefit of the doubt.
It’s not easy to make the best of every situation.
It’s not easy to sacrifice the now for later.
It’s not easy to feel genuine remorse and apologize sincerely, or to accept apologies graciously and truly forgive.
It’s is not easy to complete your homework, when chatting with your friends on social media is so tempting.
It’s not easy to come to the troop meetings at 7:15 when others come at 7:45.
No, it is not easy to live by the scout law. That’s why it’s such a lofty goal and an admirable achievement to be a scout when in uniform and more importantly when not in uniform.