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Be a builder in Lawrence County

John Allen
Guest Writer

If you were to select a group of words that best describes your life right now, which words would you reach for?

Significant, adventurous, action-filled, cutting edge, adrenaline rush, new, fresh, exciting, challenging, rewarding, fulfilling, stimulating.

Sameness, routine, dull, boring, existing, hanging on, functioning, coping.

Someone once said, "The trouble with life is, you are halfway through before you realize it is one of those do-it-yourself deals." If your life has settled into just existing, perhaps it is time to quit waiting for your life to happen. Start making it happen.

When were you last tied into some project that woke you up in the middle of the night and forced you to the dining room table where you wrote fast and furiously as thoughts came to you? When did you last pull the car off the road because you were so excited about your thoughts that you had to capture them on paper? When did you last do something that was bigger than you were; it impacted lots of people and it made a tremendous difference in the lives of others?

If your life continues on the very same course that you are on right now, will you be satisfied with what is eventually put on your tombstone? Are there dreams that you have tossed around but for some reason have never acted upon? Do you spend your life looking at events around you and saying, "Someone ought to do something about that." Or, do you look at your surroundings and say, "I'm going to do something about that."

This one thing characterizes people of impact: they do things that others refuse to do. What is it that holds others back? Sometimes it is fear, sometimes it is lack of courage and sometimes it is laziness. But, people who do significant things with their lives fight through these hurdles to impact the world in which they live.

It is time to view yourself in a different light. It is time to view yourself as a difference-maker, a change agent. Perhaps others have seen you as a philosopher and a dreamer. It is time to change their thinking. It is time to become known for having a vision for action.

Which Am I?
(Author is unknown)
I watched them tearing a building down
A gang of men in a busy town,
With a ho-heave and lusty yell
They swung a beam and a side wall fell:
I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled
And the men you'd hire if you had to build?"
He gave a laugh and said, "No, indeed!
Just common labor is all I need;
I can easily wreck in a day or two what
Builders have taken a year to do!"
And I thought to myself as I went away,
"Which of these roles have I tried to play?"
Am I a builder who works with care, measuring
Life by the rule and square?
Am I shaping my deed to well made plan,
Patiently doing the best I can?
Or am I a wrecker, who walks the town,
Content with the labor of tearing it down?

Come join the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and be a builder for Lawrence County in the town in which you live.

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