Eventually we all have to accept full and
total responsibility for our actions,
everything we have done,
and have not done.
~ Hubert Selby, Jr.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Eventually we all have to accept full and
Monday, June 27, 2022
Real generosity is
doing something nice
for someone who will never find out.
~ Frank A. Clark
So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.~ Matthew 6:2-4
Friday, June 24, 2022
Friday Tale - Leadership without Words
From 1949 to 1958 Pee Wee Reese was captain of baseball's Dodgers. Named not for his size, but for playing marbles as a kid with a pee-wee shooter. He was a great shortstop, a daring base runner, and a superb clutch hitter.
He was an eight-time All Star and sparked the Dodgers to seven National League pennants. He fielded the final ground ball in Brooklyn's first World Series championship in 1955. He never earned more than $35,000 playing the game he loved.
During his total of sixteen years on the field for the Dodgers, Reese was respected as a person as well as a ballplayer. His fellow Dodgers called him simply "The Captain" and deferred to his judgment on many matters.
He wasn't good at speeches. His leadership came from inner confidence, integrity, and consistency. His manner had the unpretentious effect of causing people to trust and follow him.
Just back from a three-year stint in the Navy during World War II, Reese had helped win a war against racial intolerance in Europe and was destined to be caught up in fighting the same injustices in his own country.
His team decided to break the barrier against black players by bringing up a young player named Jackie Robinson. Some of the Dodger players began circulating a petition in the clubhouse to protest the plan. The petition said in effect that the players signing it wouldn't play on a team with a black man.
Confident that Reese would sign it because he was a Southerner, it was shoved under his nose. "I'm not signing!" he said, and the petition died.
Robinson was with the team for spring training in 1947. Before a game in Cincinnati just across the river from Reese's native Kentucky, the ugliness was intense. Fans in the stands joined players in the opposing dugout to shout racial slurs at the black man taking infield practice at second base.
Pee Wee Reese raised his arm to halt the team's warm up. He walked from his shortstop position to second base and put his arm around Jackie Robinson's shoulders.
That event is viewed as a turning point in the history of baseball. By extension, it was also a major blow against racism in American society.
Robinson recalled: "Pee Wee kind of sensed the sort of hopeless, dead feeling in me and came over and stood beside me for a while."
"He didn't say a word, but he looked over at the chaps who were yelling at me . . . and just stared. He was standing by me. I could tell you that."
Sometimes you don't need to say anything to lead. Just be there. Stand for what you know is right. There is an eloquence in actions that words can't equal.
~ Rubel Shelly
stand firm in the faith,
~ 1 Corinthians 16:13
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A real decision is
measured by the fact
that you've taken a new action.
If there's no action,
you haven't truly decided.
~ Tony Robbins
Jesus said, Therefore
everyone who hears
these words of mine and acts on them,
may be compared to a wise man
who built his house on the rock.
~ Matthew 7:24
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