This is my contribution to Carry On Tuesday this week.
Have you ever heard of Douglas Horton? I hadn’t until a few years ago. I was searching for a quotation to use in a presentation. I popped a few key words into Google and I found just what I was looking for. It was to be used in a session I was conducting on leadership and I was attempting to explain the difference between an effective salesperson and an inspirational manager.
The quote went like this – Thinking good deeds is not enough, doing good deeds is not enough, seeing others follow your good example is enough.
A few weeks later Douglas Horton came back into my mind and I thought I’d have a look for a few other words of wisdom from this wise man. I found literally hundreds of commonsense one–liners! I realised that this American priest from the early part of the 20th century had a few words suited to just about every occasion.
One of my favourites is ‘Growing old is not growing up’. How true!
Whilst I was struggling with this prompt and wondering what possessed me to pick it, I thought I’d pay my old friend a visit to see what he had to say on the subject. He came up trumps again! ‘Be your own hero – it’s cheaper than a movie ticket’.
Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my life is debatable. I’ve tried to think good thoughts, I’ve tried to do good deeds. But have I seen others follow my example? I’d like to think so because according to the Rev Douglas Horton that would be enough.