A Lesson From Robin of the Hood

A quick plot synopsis for you: King Richard the Lionheart has been out of England, waging war as part of the Crusades. He is captured and held for ransom when he attempts to return home. His brother, Prince John wants to seize the throne and be crowned king. The prince is aided and abetted by the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Robin, or Sir Robin of Locksley, is a nobleman who can’t stand by while Prince John savages the countryside, torturing the people into compliance, stealing their crops and animals and daughters, and forcing them to pay ruinous taxes.

Robin assembles a band of Merry Men, and they fight to stop oppression, killing when necessary. They also redistribute income, taking from the rich and giving to the poor.

Eventually, Richard the Lionheart returns to England, and Robin and his Merry Men are crucial to Richard’s overthrowing Prince John and returning to his throne.

And just what are the survival lessons from all this adventurous activity?
Well, first, always remember ALL your stakeholders. Robin is looking out for everyone.

He could care less about class distinctions like Normans (Prince John and his evil gang) vs. Saxons (some English nobles, but mostly the oppressed poor). Even though most of Robin’s work falls into the anti-Norman field, he’s open-minded enough (and open-hearted enough) to fall for a lovely Norman noblewoman, the Maid Marian.

Also, be a straight shooter. Robin is a straight shooter, literally and metaphorically. He tells it like it is, no matter who the audience is, no matter how dangerous the situation. He blusters his way into a banquet of Prince John’s and proceeds to call him a traitor for wanting to depose Richard. He does this while surrounded by dozens of armed men all loyal to the prince. It’s unlikely any of us will face hostile audiences who are ready, willing and able to kill, so if honesty is the best policy for Robin, it’s the best policy, period. It is amazing what good will can do for you when you earn it through honesty.

Robin is a straight shooter with bow and arrow, too. In disguise, he participates in a tournament that he knows is a trap for him. But he shoots straight and wins. Once again, he is almost killed. Once again, the Merry Men help him escape. If you insist on being completely honest in every and any situation, you will find it useful to have the Merry Men around to help you escape tight places. If you don’t have any Merry Men available, be sure to have an executable exit strategy.

Robin succeeds at communicating in this straightforward style because he’s passionate about his mission and he communicates that passion to everyone he meets. The lesson here is obvious; Enjoy what you do.

For crying out loud, Robin’s gang is called the Merry Men. They spend inordinate amounts of time laughing and singing while they steal from the rich and give to the poor. How amazing is it a bunch of men enjoy stealing from much richer men and getting away with it? It’s almost beyond belief amazing. If the Merry Men’s mission is to steal from the rich and give to the poor, they have absolutely no profit. None. Zero. But they pursue the mission with astounding zeal, gleefully giving away all their stolen riches (their profits). They pursue their mission at the risk of life and limb, living at poverty levels in the forest.

If you can get people to enjoy the work at hand, they will put up with many things to accomplish the mission. They’ll even enjoy it.

And, you won’t have to give up all your profits the way the Merry Men did.

Credit: Jonathan C.

*As always, thanks Jonathan!!!

*Great analogy! Always liked Robin Hood. Could use a few people like that in the world. Possibly, quit possibly; they’re already near.

1 Tim 6:17 “Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; …

Acts 20:35 “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Mt 19:21 “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Lk 14:13 “But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: …

 

Moral Courage: It’s Value

Courage is a highly admired virtue. Most often we associate the word with physical prowess or bravery. But there’s another form of valor that’s much more important because it comes up more often. It’s called moral courage – the willingness to face not physical danger but emotional pain, disapproval, financial insecurity, or uncertainty rather than compromise an ethical principle.

Moral courage is essential not only for a virtuous life, but a happy one. Without courage, we have no control over our lives. Our fears corrode our spirit and confine us like a barbed wire fence. That’s why they say a coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man but one.

Integrity is essential to self-esteem and the admiration of others. It requires us to put our comforts, possessions, friendships, and even jobs at risk in the defense of deeply held principles.

It takes moral fortitude to be honest at the risk of ridicule, rejection, or retaliation or when doing so may jeopardize our income or career. It takes boldness to be accountable and own up to mistakes when doing so may get us in trouble. It takes backbone to stand tough with our kids when doing so may cost us their affection.

Mark Twain said, ‘Courage is not the absence of fear but the resistance of fear, the mastery of fear.’ To paraphrase President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the enemy is not what we fear; it is fear itself. If our insecurities and anxieties cause us to lose confidence in the power of virtue, we will lose something very precious.

People with moral courage rarely get medals, but it is the best marker of true character and a virtue others can be proud of.

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Another Chance

How many times gave we wished for another chance to make a fresh beginning.

Another chance to blot out our mistakes and change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day to make a brand new start,
it only takes a deep desire within our heart.

To live and walk in better morals and better choices, to always be forgiving and to add a little sunshine to the dark world in which we’re living.

Don’t give up in despair and think that you are through,
for there’s always a tomorrow and the hope of starting new.

Salvation is still within reach. [LINK] (At Bottom of that page- “click or tap” Make Your Reservations)

Is 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Hos 6:1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.”

Now this is an adventure!

 

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Plants and People

Plants grow best when we pay attention to them. That means watering, touching them, putting them in places where they will receive good light. They need people around them to notice if they are drooping at the edges or looking particularly happy in the sunlight. The more attention a plant receives, the better it will grow.

We need to be noticed in the same way. If we notice a family member or friend is drooping, perhaps we can pay some special attention to him or her. All of us need someone to care about how we are and to truly listen to us.

We can share and double someone’s happiness by noticing and talking about it also. We help the people around us to grow by listening to their droopy edges as well as their bright days.

People need this as much as plants need light and water.

Lk 6:28 “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” (KJV)

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Bouncing Back

A father took his young son into a toy shop to give him a chance to look at some special gifts he would like for his birthday. The father told the boy to have a wander around on his own for a few minutes to see what he would like. At the back of the shop, his young son found a statue of a man made out of lot of colorful balloons.

He looked at the balloon man for a minute, and then he drew back his fist and hit him just as hard as he could. The balloon man fell back and hit the floor, then rocked backwards and forwards and after a few seconds he stood upright again.

The confused boy backed off and looked at the balloon man and then hit him again, as hard as he could. The balloon man fell back once more and hit the floor, but was soon standing upright again.

The father saw his young son hit that balloon man and asked, ‘Why do you think he comes bouncing back up when you hit him and knock him down?’

The boy thought for a minute and said, ‘I don’t know Dad, I guess it’s because he’s standing up on the inside.’

1 Cor 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (KJV)

Eph 6:13 “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (KJV)

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Ten Steps to Make Your Days Better

1. Teach others what good and useful things you know; those that can, do; those that can’t teach.

2. Count your blessings – at least five – at the end of each day; God blesses us with so many- Thank Him.

3. Take time to talk – have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week; for get the world for a while and focus on one another.

4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up; nothing like a good dinner around good people.

5. Do something fun, and share your hobby with another that they might be inspired.

6. Have a good laugh at least once a day; they say laughter is good for the soul.

7. Get physical – exercise for half an hour three times a week-go walking or hiking.

8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day

9. Cut your TV viewing by half; listen to more radio. Nothing like hearing your favorite song.

10. Spread some kindness – do a good turn for someone every day; it will come back your way when you’re in need.

Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Shouldn’t we be doing the same as Jesus? Yes, He commands us to do it.

Mt 10:8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

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The Last Thing You Did

‘The last thing I did was the most exciting thing ever!’ he said.

I couldn’t wait to hear what it was.

‘Well, my friend, I can’t imagine what you might have accomplished, but whatever it was you must share it with me,’ I said.

The older man looked at me with somewhat of a surprised look on his face.

We stared at each other and I became a bit uncomfortable. Had I misunderstood what he said? Did he say something else and I insulted him?

‘Oh, I’m sorry. Did I misunderstand you?’ I finally said.

‘What did I say?’ he replied.

‘Didn’t you just say, the last thing I did was the most exciting thing ever?’ I repeated.

‘Well, yes I did.’

‘What was it? What was the most exciting thing ever?’ I asked.

‘Oh, I see,’ he replied. ‘You’re waiting for me to tell you that I won something or accomplished some great thing, right?’

‘Well, yes. Isn’t that what you implied?’ I asked.

‘In a sense, yes. But permit me to clear things up,’ he said.

I couldn’t wait to hear this one.

‘You look like a healthy man, are you?’ he asked.

‘Basically. I mean I have problems but nothing life threatening that I know of.’

‘Then you might not understand this,’ he said. Then placing his arm around my shoulder he explained.

‘About a year ago I nearly died. I had a heart attack that nearly ended my life. It was an experience that took me to my knees and lifted me back up again. It was then that I really began to see how valuable every moment is in my life.’

He then crossed in front of me and placing his hands on my shoulders, said, ‘Every last thing I do is the most exciting thing I have ever done. It’s one more moment, day, week, month past the day I almost died. That’s exciting!’

How very powerful that thought was.

It was like he hit me in the head. I have always said that everyone should have a near death experience so that they can appreciate life more.

Feeling down? Thinking you have nothing to be excited about in your life?

Think again. Try appreciating life so very much that the last thing you did would be the most exciting thing you ever did.

Right now for me … it would be sending this story to thousands of friends I’ve never met. Now, that’s exciting!

Credit: Bob P.

THANKS BOB!!! Great thoughts

Mt 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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