Nothing Lasts Forever

A friend of mine once told me this “nothing lasts forever”. All things have a beginning, middle and end. I wrote about this recently in a blog for the Deming Institute. I wrote about “S-Curves” and how this pattern (that is used in physics, philosophy, marketing, economics and other areas) can be found everywhere.

derming institute

We rediscovered the truth of this statement – nothing lasts forever – when our family visited the Boy Scout camp that we (and other families) grew to love and cherish. The camp is closing. Nothing lasts forever.

the Boy Scout camp

Like any institution, the Boy Scouts of America has problems. While some people focus on these shortcomings, we always focused on the good things. Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thirty, brave, clean and reverent. Few people can argue with those guiding principles. They will serve you well in life.

My sons (both Eagle scouts as am I) both worked at Robert S. Lyle Scout Camp. They were a part of the weekend and shared their thoughts (click on the image):

Robert S. Lyle

My daughter worked at the camp as well.  She was the health officer when she was on staff.  She made that sign.

Robert's daughter

Our son and his wife got married at this camp.  Yesterday was their anniversary.  It’s a special place.  It WAS a special place.  Nothing lasts forever.

anniversary

I heard some advice from the Troop Scoutmaster during his last “Scoutmaster Minute” at R.S. Lyle.  “Don’t mourn because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Troop Scoutmaster

Maybe some things DO last forever – true friendships, and maybe guiding principles as well:

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.

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