Do you leave places in better shape than when you arrived?

When I was coaching soccer, it was always important to me that when the team left a bench area, it was cleaner than when we arrived. This meant not only picking up any cups and tape left on the ground by our team, but also any that was left by previous teams as well. This might seem to be a small thing but sometimes, when a lot of people do small things, it becomes quite big.

This got me thinking about how this could/should apply to other areas of life.

If you are a member of an organization for a few years, when you leave, do you leave it in better shape than when you arrived? Or, are you like most people and have no impact at all?

If you work at a company, when you leave that company is it in better shape than when you arrived? Or, did you just collect a paycheck and not care?

When you leave a community, is the community in better shape than when you arrived? Or, did you just use the resources and not give anything back?

When you leave this world, will it be a better place because you lived? Or, were you just another number?

Have a great day!

Lawrence

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