The Words of Wisdom Wednesday series is composed of anecdotal segments to inspire and supplement a Scout’s personal development, building core values and moral character.
Continuing down the Scout Law, it is apparent why “Friendly” is memorialized right below “Helpful”. They go hand-in-hand. Although they have similar characteristics, they are, nonetheless, quite different. Are you being friendly when you help someone? Of course. But are you helpful when you are a friend to others? Not necessarily.
Being helpful means that you need to take that extra step. However, to be friendly, we must be so at all times. You should not just be friendly in the morning and be bad-tempered in the afternoon. It is, therefore, more general to be friendly. It is continuous. It is a reflection of your attitude toward others.
A Scout is a friend to others. They include your fellow Scouts, friends, family, colleagues, strangers, people of different nationality… everyone. Today, we live in a very interconnected world. We are able to travel across the vast oceans within hours. We need to try to understand each other better.
According to the World Organization of the Scout Movement, there are more than 30 million Scouts in 161 countries. Scouts from all over the world are part of the same vision that Lord Robert Baden-Powell had envisioned for Scouting. We are all part of the Brotherhood of Scouting.
Let me leave you with two questions to ponder over this week. What do you think it means to be a part of the World Brotherhood of Scouting? Can you identify some signs of friendship that people use in your community, in your country, and in our world?