Someone asked me this week when I first wanted to travel, and I realized that the Brownie handbook started it all. In between the recipe for s’mores and lyrics for the “Make New Friends” song was a page that showed all the different Girl Scout uniforms around the world. I wanted to see all of those different hats and pins and sashes. I wanted to meet all of those other girls.
This reminiscing led me to reflect on the Girl Scout Promise, which starts, “On my honor, I will try…” Even as a kid, I appreciated how the Brownies asked not for blind obedience or a guarantee, but for a promise, for an effort.
Friends, for most of us the time of reciting daily pledges and oaths has passed. But why? We do not need to stand in a circle wearing sashes to make a commitment (though those are pretty great conditions).
Here is a chance to consider, what is a worthy promise?
On our honor,
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