Entitlement and Reality

And speaking of Ralph Waldo Emerson,

"Every man is entitled to be valued by his best moments."

Entitlement and reality are far different entities. While I'm in a scholarly mood, I figured I would mention William Shakespeare addressing reality  in a speech from Julius Caesar;

"The evil that men do lives long after them, the good is oft interred with their bones."

So it is in the fire/EMS business. We are only as good as our last act. Today's hero is tomorrows asshole, tomorrows asshole will still be an asshole even if the day after tomorrow he becomes a hero, only a little less of an asshole.

It takes time to erase a major screw-up. People remember the bad, and quickly forget the good. For some strange reason we love nothing more than to focus on people's shortcomings. Perhaps we feel better about ourselves when others are exposed for being human, and having human frailties.

Just keep in mind, everybody gets a turn, and ours is coming. It's just the way it is. So relish those moments when everything goes as planned, and savor the fleeting seconds when you can bask in your own greatness. And keep striving to do great things, and maybe, just maybe you will be valued by your best moments, and the evil, or more likely just plain dumb things we do will be interred with our bones.



  • Old Jake says:


    “It's not the critic who counts. It's not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

    ― Theodore Roosevelt

    tags: inspirationalinspirational-success-failure


  • sarah says:

    Well said – ain't that the truth.
    At least you try.
    Bless you all.

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