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Wrecking Ball

Builder or Wrecker

As 2015 rolls in, it is a natural time to reflect on things.  One of the things that is worthy of our time and attention is the impact of our words and actions on those around us.  I came across this anonymous poem a while back and thought I would pass it along:

I passed one day through a lonely town

And saw men tearing a building down

With a ho heave ho and a husky yell

They swung a beam and a side wall fell

I asked the foreman, ‘Are these men skilled?

The kind you’d hire if you had to build?’

‘Oh no’, he chuckled, ‘No indeed.

The common laborer is all I need.

Why I can destroy in a day or two

What builders have taken weeks to do’.

I thought to myself as I went on my way

Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care

Strengthening lives by rule and square

Shaping my peers to a well-made plan

Helping them be the best they can?

Or am I a wrecker who walks around

Content with the labor of tearing down?

From this point forward, let my labors be

That which will build all those around me.

We are all powerful, either
to building others up or tearing them down.  Let’s be careful and be builders.  Happy New Year and GO COUGARS!

Freeman E Signature

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