Monday, July 20, 2009

My hero?

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This is my contribution to Carry On Tuesday this week.
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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.

9 comments:

  1. Keith love the way your prompt took you.

    I hope and pray, i've set an example along the way which will bring a person good results. Lord knows I've set a few bad ones, but I hope more than anything the good ones overcome those bad ones.

    Nice write.

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  2. I would vote this as a favorite post ever!! Thank you for introducing us to Douglas Horton. Excellent summation... I prefer commonsense to intelligence, unfortunately they don't always go hand in hand!

    Hugs Giggles

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  3. Yeah Right!

    Ya are a fuckin' Hero!

    So get a life and move on.......

    Ya can start by buying the next round being as ya skipped the last ya tight ass!

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  4. Thanks for the introduction to a wise man and his wise words.

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  5. A pleasure to meet Mr Horton and moreso pleasurable to read your take on the heroism in your own life. I often wonder if we ever truly know.

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  6. Thanks for introducing me to a wise man.
    I only have to look to my son to know I have done something right. He is an exceptional man.

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  7. I think that trying to be a hero is half the battle. It shows that we are aware of what we are doing and what behaviour we need to address. Very inspirational quotes!

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  8. nice post. you inspire me, if that helps

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