Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life
1926 By Earle Liederman
Every man should be able to save his own life. He should be able to swim far enough, run fast and long enough to save his life in case of emergency and necessity. He also should be able to chin himself a reasonable number of times, as well as to dip a number of times, and he should be able to jump a reasonable height and distance.
If he is of the fat, porpoise type, naturally he cannot do all, if any, of these things; he has nobody to blame but himself, and his way of living that has brought his body into its condition of obesity.
Suppose—and it has happened many times—there should be a fire at sea or on lake or river; should one be half a mile or more from the shore, he would be mighty thankful to realize, were he compelled to jump for his life from the fire, that he could swim that distance and reach the shore in safety.
Suppose one were in a burning building and he had to lower himself hand under hand down a rope or down an improvised rope of bedclothing tied together to reach the ground in safety; he again would be thankful a thousand times that he possessed the strength and endurance in his arms and coordinate muscles that would enable him to save himself. Such things never may happen, and let us hope they do not, but what has happened always is possible to occur again—and, in fact, always is happening to someone.
I do not believe in everyone striving to be a long distance swimmer, a long distance runner, or any kind of endurance athlete.
But he should be able to swim at least half a mile or more; he should be able to run at top speed two hundred yards or more; he should be able to jump over obstacles higher than his waist; and he should be in condition to pull his body upward by the strength of his arms, until his chin touches his hands, at least fifteen to twenty times; and as for pushing ability, he should be able to dip between parallel bars or between two chairs at least twenty-five times or more.
If he can accomplish these things he need have no fear concerning the safety of his life should he be forced into an emergency from which he alone may be able to save himself.
“I was taught to endure labor, to want little, and to do things myself.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
“You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.”
“Gifts are easy–they’re given after all. Choices can be hard. You can seduce yourself with your gifts if you’re not careful, and if you do, it’ll probably be to the detriment of your choices.”
“Please think about your legacy, because you’re writing it every day.”
Daily Storytelling Time
Search Of A True Disciple
Gautama Buddha with his five hundred disciples was walking towards Vaishali, city in India. There was a small village on the way. Gautama suddenly took a turn towards the village. The disciples asked him that why he turned towards the small village. Gautama said “I want to visit this village. We will all go there.” The disciples asked “how can we all fit into this village? It is very small, hardly two to three hundred people are there and very few houses for us to stay or sit there. How can five hundred disciples accommodate in the village. They want have sufficient water and food for us. Let us straight away walk towards Vaishali.”
Gautama Buddha did not answer them and firmly said “let us go there.” The disciples were surprised as they knew there is not much place for 200 to 300 people, how can they fit there. When they marched forward and reached almost near the village, they saw a young girl carrying food for her father who was working as a farmer. The young girl of 17 – 18 years did pranaam to Gautama and requested “shasta, till I don’t come back after giving food to my father in the farm, please do not start your pravachan.” Gautama Buddha smiled and answered in affirmative. Gautama Buddha along with his disciples reached the village. All the natives of the village gathered and gave immense respect to Mahatma Buddha. They arranged for food, water and shelter for them. The villagers were happy and said that they are also very blessed that such a Mahatma has given Darshan to them. They were very excited that people from different places go to take Darshan of Gautama Buddha and here he has come personally to visit us. The disciples of Gautama Buddha could not believe and were very surprised that they could all accommodate into this small village and they had sufficient food and other facilities for them.
The Head (mukhiya) of the village requested Mahatma Buddha to give Satsang and spiritual knowledge to the village people. All the people of the village assembled to hear Mahatma Buddha. Mahatma kept silent. There was total peace and complete silence. As soon as the girl arrived Mahatma Buddha smiled and his faced bloomed like a flower. He started imparting his knowledge, his Updesh and said “I was waiting for this girl to come back, my friends. I have come to this village because of this girl. She is the right disciple, she has ability to learn and understand. She has this priceless possession of knowledge from her previous birth. I know the history of her previous births. I turned to this village as I knew that this girl stays here and has the hunger, the desire to learn and value knowledge. The person who has thirst, the curiosity to know, understand and learn, will find the well to get water. The river will find the sea.
Those who breed positive thoughts in their mind get positive response from all the sources but those who breed negativity will never find their way. The negative vibes get negative thought in response. Keep positive thought and have strong faith, God will come in search of you. How Mahatma Buddha went in search of the girl from a small village whose positive thoughts attracted Gautama Buddha to impart positive knowledge in her. Due to her the entire village got positive energy from Gautama Buddha and they were blessed.