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HELPING OTHERS IS A GREAT PERSONAL GOAL (HARRIET TUBMAN)
John Wooden Video Clip (43 sec.): Great Clip: Coach Wooden is asked: "What are your thoughts on disciplining children?" (Please be clear: Coach was suggesting "Denial of Privileges" not actual paddling as a lower pat on the back.)
Harriet Tubman (1822 - 1913) is an extraordinary American hero. Harriet was born into slavery. In 1849 she escaped from slavery in Maryland using the network known as the Underground Railroad. This informal system was composed of free and enslaved black people, white abolitionists, and other activists. The journey of nearly 90 miles to freedom by foot would have taken between five days and three weeks.
Tubman had to travel by night, guided by the North Star and try to avoid slave catchers eager to collect rewards for fugitive slaves. She crossed into freedom in Pennsylvania with a feeling of relief and awe, and recalled the experience years later:
"When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven."
After reaching Philadelphia, Tubman thought of her family. "I was a stranger in a strange land," she said later. "My father, my mother, my brothers, and sisters, and friends were [in Maryland]. But I was free, and they should be free." She worked odd jobs in Philadelphia for six months at a time to save the money needed to finance her return trips to rescue others.
Over 11 years, risking her life each time and with a cash reward posted for her capture, Tubman returned repeatedly to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, rescuing some 70 slaves in about 13 expeditions, including some of her family members but primarily rescuing people she didn’t know. She also provided specific instructions to 50 to 60 additional fugitives who escaped to the north. Because of her efforts, she was nicknamed "Moses".
When Harriet Tubman arrived in Philadelphia, she had achieved the personal goal of getting her freedom. But rather than just staying in Philadelphia and building a comfortable life for herself she chose to pursue a different type of "Personal Goal": Helping Others.
What’s on your personal goal list?
Yours in Coaching,
I Follow A Famous Father
I follow a famous father,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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