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.”
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CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE: A Little Boy Asking for a Job
A little boy named Tom entered a grocery store, and asked the store-owner if he could use the phone. The store-owner gave him permission. The boy picked up the receiver and punched in a seven digits phone number. The store-owner observed him and listened to the conversation. Tom: “Hello, madam, I am looking for a lawn cutting job. Are you interested in hiring me?” Lady (at the other end of the phone line): “I am sorry, but I already have someone to cut my lawn.” Tom: “Madam, I can do this job for half the price of the person who works for you now.” Woman: “This is a good offer, but I am not interested. I am very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting my lawn.” Tom: “Madam, I could even sweep your sidewalk and your curb for free. Don’t you want to have the most beautiful lawn in all the neighborhood every Sunday?” Woman: “Thank you, but as I have told you already, I am not interested.” The boy smiled and replaced the receiver. The store owner, who was listening to the conversation, walked over to the boy. Store Owner: “Son…that’s an attitude you should be proud of. I like your positive spirit and I have a job to offer you if you are interested.” Tom: “I thank you but I don’t need one.” Store Owner: “Really? You were just pleading for one.” Boy: “Actually Sir, I was just checking my performance at the job I already have!”