Are you in a place in your life where you are in need of courage. The same was true in the late 1800's when the Spanish American War broke out.
On Ben's call with the Diamonds and Royal Diamonds Tuesday morning, he read to a portion of an essay written in 1899 by Elbert Hubbard entitled' A letter to Garcia.
Ben did not read all of it, just some at the first and at the last. Then the group had a lively discussion about it and what it's principles used in relation to 21 clubs would mean to our businesses.
Here is an excerpt from this essay:
Some one said to the President, "There’s a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can."
Rowan was sent for and given a letter to be delivered to Garcia. How "the fellow by the name of Rowan" took the letter, sealed it up in an oil-skin pouch, strapped it over his heart, in four days landed by night off the coast of Cuba from an open boat, disappeared into the jungle, & in three weeks came out on the other side of the Island, having traversed a hostile country on foot, and delivered his letter to Garcia, are things I have no special desire now to tell in detail.
The point I wish to make is this: McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter and did not ask, "Where is he at?" By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze and the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing- "Carry a message to Garcia!"
My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the "boss" is away, as well as when he is at home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly take the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets "laid off," nor has to go on a strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks shall be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town and village- in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such: he is needed, & needed badly- the man who can carry a message to Garcia."
As we talked about it on the Team Rogers Mentoring Call, one in the group found the essay on the internet and forwarded it to Vance. Vance was kind enough to pass it on: http://www.birdsnest.com/garcia.htm
Oh how we need to be the person (Rowan) that carries the message of Nikken (A Letter) to the People of the World (Garcia).
May we find the courage to: Discover it! Live it! Share it! And above all, Find Peace and Joy knowing all is Well.