"An everyday guy talking to everyday outdoorsmen about an extraordinary passion."
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Doing the right thing....
Growing up, my father always said to me, "Do the right thing and you will always have a good result.” My father, in his wisdom, still says this to me today. As we continue to grow r.b. wright outdoors, I realize the importance of staying grounded and I have asked myself these questions… "Why are we really doing this?” “What is it that makes the passion so extraordinary?” The answer to these questions is not as difficult or as deep as I first began making it. The answer is simple. For us, it is "the game in which we pursue.”
Yes, the pursuit is incredible and it is an adrenaline rush that one must experience to truly appreciate. However, it is still the “creature” itself that drives us. Picture each of these scenarios:
The silhouette of Rainbow Trout in a mountain stream.
The breath flowing out of the nostrils of a large Buck on a cold morning.
A school of Bluefin busting the surface feeding on a ball of baitfish.
The synchronization of a flight of Geese across a corn field.
The gobble of a Turkey coming off the roost in the distance.
The splash of a Largemouth Bass in the shallows.
The howl of a Coyote at dusk.
The wake created by Redfish tailing in the flats.
All of these are just a sampling of what we as outdoorsman have the privilege to experience on a regular basis. There is a thrill that is associated with these activities that we never seem to get over...no matter how many times we witness it.
My concerns were actually spurned during a writing prompt a few weeks ago sponsored by OBN and GreenFish. The discussion dealt with sustainability of fish. My mind began to race about what I am individually and we as a company are doing to help protect the resources we love, including the game we hunt and fish. Due to the rigor of schedules and time, it would be impossible for me, or many of us, to get involved on the actual front lines of lobbying for legislation or working in habitats in critical regions. However, we can still make a difference. Back to the words of my father...”Do the right thing and you will have always have a good result.” There are numerous conservation groups that are working daily to protect the resources we cherish. They are on the front lines. I may not be there physically; however the funds that I send to these organizations represent me...so in a way, I am there. I share this not in a braggadocios tone, but one of encouragement. I am certain that many of you feel the same way that I do about the game we pursue and the real purpose behind why we love these sports so much. We do harvest, or candidly speaking, kill wild game. We do it humanely. We do it with respect. We also give back to protect this resource.
My encouragement to you is simple…do something. If you are like me and not able to be on the front lines...then give. The amount is not as important as the act. Look at it like this, if every one of my twitter followers simply gave $20 to an organization that would be over $12,000.00. Many of you have followers that far exceed the 600 we have…look at what the impact could be for wildlife across the globe.
I am well aware that there are many other very worthy organizations that work as hard as the ones r.b. wright outdoors support. These are simply suggestions of great organizations in case you are looking for a group with whom to partner. As we continue to grow...so will our support.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I look forward to your comments.