Adding Value To Self

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
May 8, 2007

Jackie Robinson was one of the first African Americans to play major league baseball. He blazed a trail for others to follow. But he almost didn’t make it through his first season.

In his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Jackie Robinson faced hostility nearly everywhere he traveled because of his race. Pitchers threw fastballs at his head. Runners spiked him on the bases. Brutal epithets were written on cards and shouted by players in the opposing dugouts. Even the home crowds in Brooklyn saw him as an object of reproach.

During one game in Boston, the taunts and racial slurs seemed to reach a peak. To make matters worse, Jackie committed an error and stood at second base humiliated, while fans hurled insults at him. Another Dodger, a Southern white man by the name of “Pee Wee” Reese, called timeout. He walked over to Jackie and with the crowds looking on, put his arm around his friend’s shoulder. The fans grew quiet. It was the turning point, as Jackie Robinson from that point on, would become a crowd favorite.

Jackie Robinson later said, that arm around his shoulder, came at a time when he needed it most. He said what his friend did for him in the face of the hostility of the crowd, made him determined to be that kind of friend himself. That his friend’s action, more than anything else, not only saved his career, but shaped his life.

Jackie Robinson went on to become one of baseball’s all-time greats.

People argue about rights, privileges and responsibilities of self and miss the one thing we can bring to the position of self and that is value. Choosing to add value to self, opens to us an awesome world of adventure, the big Window of meaning and purpose and gives us reason to look forward to every moment of everyday. It is the paradox and the enigma of life.

The word mammon means “barter or exchange” or “what’s in it for me?” It Pavlov Conditions us to follow the crowd and to learn the game of Simon says, instead of looking at what Simon is saying. There is an awesome quote that goes something like this: “If you ain’t the lead dog, the view is pretty dismal,” which simply means,”Don’t follow the crowd, lead it.”

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4 comments
  1. What a great post! I wish I could have been there when Reese put his hand on Robinson’s shoulder. What a statement!

  2. If there was a photo of that moment somewhere in the archives, it would be so great to publish that now. We need to show compassion to all of our brothers and sisters no matter of race, gender, creed, or age. We are equal in the eyes of God!!

  3. One person, even with one phrase or small gesture, can make a difference in someone’s life — for better or for worse.

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