Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

Small uppers

Sometimes, when you are feeling down, small things can improve your mood. A bit of appreciation, some slight recognition, can bring a feeling of appreciation that makes everything seem brighter.

Lately I have been feeling a bit down, not enjoying work, not feeling as though my efforts elsewhere matter or are appreciated. Last night at the Lenape Round Table I was asked if I would do the Whittlin’ Chip presentation for my old Cub Scout Pack’s Bear Den. I left the Cubmaster position of this pack about four years ago. Since a pack turns over completely every 5 years, I was thrilled that someone even remembered me, let alone remembered my interest in teaching scouts about knives.

Add to this a positive comment about the Council Website in the general meeting, and a better than average OA meeting, and somehow the whole world seems brighter.

It’s strange how just a few “strokes” can make you feel better, and the lack of them can get you down. Something I need to always keep in mind when dealing with people around me.

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