Roughly 4 Years ago, I spent nearly every Thursday night in the basement of my local Methodist church going to Boy Scout meetings. Depending on who you are, you might view Boy Scouts in a different way. There seems to be this on-going image of boys wearing short-shorts, high socks, and kerchiefs, while hiking up mountains, camping underneath tarps, and learning the basics of wilderness-survival. The first thing I would like to clear up is that in my Troop, I thought we were quite stylish. The saying does go: “A woman loves a man in uniform”, and boy, did we rock those uniforms.
More importantly, scouting is an experience that goes beyond hiking and camping. In fact, to reach the rank of Eagle Scout, you must earn each of the following merit badges, each of which has multiple steps and requirements:
- First Aid
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Personal Fitness
- Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
- Environmental Science OR Sustainability
- Personal Finance/Management
- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
- Family Life
Notice how scouts teaches boys things like how to be a good citizen, which ties in with politics at a local and national level. Communication, and even personal finance are also required. Heck, between politics, communication, and finance, those sound like college courses! I guess that helps show why it is not an easy task to achieve the rank of Eagle! Besides taking away the diverse skills and abilities that scouts taught me, one other concept that has stuck with me is the Scout Slogan.
“Do a Good Turn Daily.”
How much better would our world be if everyone focused on doing at least one good thing every day? That’s simple – significantly better.
The mentality is not that you are constantly looking around watching for the opportunity to swoop in and look like a nice guy/girl for doing a good deed. Rather, you are always open to helping those around you. A simple good deed can have a huge impact on someone to the point where you make his or her day. (If you have not yet checked out our last video post, give it a quick watch for a perfect example of this!)
You never have to look for good turns – they will find you. Then it’s up to you to decide if you are going to do the good turn, or let is slip away.
Also, there is a difference between common courtesy and a good turn. Say your co-worker took you out to nice lunch one day. Saying “thank you” is common courtesy, while writing him a thank you card would be a good turn.
The “Good Turn” mentality can enhance your lifestyle and enhance other people’s lives as well! Kindness is contagious. If you are doing good turns, it will encourage others to do the same! Having this mentality will transform you into a better person. Others will admire your ability to perform good turns, and, to take it a step further; these are the types of people that are so sought after as employees. That speaks for itself.
Take a second to reflect on your day so far. Have you done a good turn today? I challenge you to shift your mindset to where you are seeking to make one person’s day, every day. You might end up getting your own day made in the process.