This is one of those great little pieces of motivation that I like to use during this time of year, the offseason. I like to remind the kids they are BUILDING something, day by day by day by day! Don’t lose sight of what you are building. Are you a BUILDER? That is what I ask them. I give them that little pep talk for 3-4 minutes, and then read this!
I saw a group of men in my hometown.
I saw a group of men tearing a building down.
With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell,
They swung a beam and the stairway fell.
And I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
The type you’d hire if you wanted to build?”
And he laughed and said, “Why no indeed.”
He said, “Common labor’s all I need.
For I can tear down in a day or two
What it took a builder ten years to do.”
And I though to myself as I walked away,
“Which of these roles am I going to play?
Am I the type that constantly tears down
As I make my way, foolishly, around?
Or am I the type that’s trying to build with care,
In hopes that my team’ll be glad I’m there?”