Chazz Woodson - Words of Wisdom
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Better Than We Found It

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen!

In keeping with the spirit of finding things that we are grateful for, showinggratitude (rather than just speaking it), and living a life of gratitude, allow me to propose to you that cleaning up after others is a very simple way of showing appreciation and gratitude.

I was constantly told growing to, “always leave a place better than you found it.” In this statement, there are no conditions. It has nothing to do with the state of the “place” when you arrive. It has nothing to do with the way others will treat the “place” after you depart. It has nothing to do with whose fault it is that the “place” is in the state that it’s in. It has everything to do with you, and how you leave it.

I put place in quotes there, because it’s not always a physical place that we’re talking about. If we are part of a team, a business, or some other kind of group venture, we should strive to leave that venture better off than it was when we first involved ourselves. It shows that we are grateful for the opportunity that we’ve been given. It shows that we care enough about it to invest our energy into it. It shows appreciation for the people that will come after us.

So while we are enjoying our long weekend, our food, our friends, and our families, let’s be mindful of the fact that we have another opportunity to leave some place, something, OR SOMEBODY better than we found it. Let’s take advantage of that opportunity!

Make it a GREAT day!

Stay blessed.