B.P.’s last message
If you have ever seen the play “Peter Pan”, you will remember how the pirate chief was always
making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came
for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the
same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing
so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.
Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me, so think it over.
I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have a happy life too.
I believe that God put us in this jolly word to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn’t come
from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by
self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and
strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when
you are a man.
Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the word for
you to enjoy. Be contented with that you have got and make the best of it. Look
on the bright side of things instead of of the gloomy one.
But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this
world a little better than you found it, and when your turn comes to die you can
die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have
done your best.
“Be prepared” in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout promise always -
even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you to do it.