Tonight before I left work I popped into the restroom to clean up, wash my hands etc… I opened the door to find a sink over flowing and about 6 inches of water on the floor. One of the sinks had been plugged with paper towel and the sink left on. I thought to myself “who would do this?” I turned off the water, rolled up my sleeves and started digging out the paper towels that were jammed into the drain. Another employee walked in and saw me elbow deep in the sink and standing in the water. He asked “What are you doing?”.. ” You don’t need to do that, some one else will clean that up.” I looked at him and asked him who? And why would I leave it alone. Just because someone else showed a lack of respect, does not mean that we should.
You see this all comes down to respect. Someone did not have enough respect for our company and thought it would be funny to be disrespectful. Waste of water, paper towels, and someone elses time cleaning up the mess is a total lack of respect.
We don’t run in camp, why? Because you can trip on a guy line and break someone else’s tent.. that is a sign of disrespect. We see trash all over our town.. a lack of respect.. but then again.. some one else will clean it up.. right?
So who are we waiting for? Who is it that cleans up our mess? Who is it that turns off the water? Who is it that repairs the broken tent? Who is that pays for waste and abuse?
One act of disrespect causes a wave of “Some one else” having to react. Some one else cleaning a mess. Some one else… well you get the point.
Scouts and Scouters. The word Respect is not in the Scout oath or Law.. or is it. Don’t you think Every word in the Law has an element of Respect in it? I do.
So who are you waiting for?
One word… RESPECT.
Have a Great Scouting Day!
A familiar phase heard around my Troop. The universal sign to quiet down and pay attention in Scouting is when someone raises their hand with the Scout sign. It usually takes a second or two.. but then the roar dulls, the whispers stop, and all eyes are focused on the leader that is standing quietly right arm raised.
The Scouts typically say, when they see the sign go up.. “See one..Show one”. It is a simple phrase that means see the sign.. give the sign.. and quiet down. It is a reminder to show the leader some respect and do as instructed.
Tonight while I was on my drive home, I was forced to take a detour. The detour took me through a part of town, that lets just say I would not frequent otherwise. Without being racial or paint a picture with too broad a brush, the residents of this area are often associated with less than desirable activity.. Every town has this part of town… and all of you can relate having watched at least a segment of any major cities news cast.
As I drove I was suddenly stopped at an intersection. Police cars, lights flashing at all corners. One officer directing traffic as to avoid the goings on at the North East corner of the block. My window was down and the officer asked if I could “just sit tight” for a minute. I nodded and turned down the radio to hear the ruckus. A young man came from across the street yelling at the police officer. The language that flew from his mouth would make a merchant marine blush.
He kept yelling “Why don’t you show us some respect? Why don’t you show us some respect?”
The officer, very cool and collected turned to the young man. When they were about ten feet apart, the officer said in a calm voice, “I will show you respect when you show me respect.”
I thought to myself BINGO.. that is all we really can expect.
See one…show one.. its all about respect.
When a leader shows those he leads respect by not yelling and screaming.. those that follow will act accordingly. When we use the Scout sign to still the crowd, the crowd recognizes the sign and complies with it. The leader respects the led in his calm approach, telling the group that he respects them enough to treat them like mature people that are will to listen.
This young man, obviously angry and emotional did not take the time to think about his actions.
It has been said that you catch more bees with honey. The police officer was just there to maintain some order.. he did not need the profanity that was thrown at him, he does not deserve that on any day. When we act in a way that is inappropriate we get a like response.
Kudos to the Portland Police officer that defused that situation with a kind and gentle approach. It was not what the young man wanted to hear.. but I think it stunned him non the less.
The officer is right.. show me some respect.. not as an officer of the law.. but as a man.. a human.. a fellow citizen, and I will show you the same.
SEE ONE… SHOW ONE!
Have a Great Scouting Day!