teaches us to set standards for ourselves that will affect
other people? The future of the world is in our
hands--right here, right now--yet most of us never have been
shown the vision that would allow us to see just how our
actions right now will affect tomorrow's world. We are
role models, and we constantly are teaching those who watch
us lessons about what it means to work and to contribute to
a young man or woman watches us do everything we can to cut
corners and do our job as quickly as possible without
worrying about quality, what kinds of lessons will he or she
take into the future? And what will that person teach
his or her children years from now?
contribution to the world is very real, day after day.
The encouragement or the compliments that we share today
will be a part of tomorrow, as will the insults or the
discouragement. If we accept responsibility for all
that we do today, we'll be proud tomorrow of our
accomplishments and our willingness to accept
responsibility, and we'll teach others the value of doing
can be very difficult for us to see that the common future
is in our hands. Too many people feel that the common
future is in the hands of only the politicians or the
teachers or the people who work in law enforcement.
And while their professional contributions certainly are in
the public eye, each of those people also make personal
contributions each day that have nothing to do with their
can make this world a better place--you and I. We are
contributing to the world every day, and it's up to us to
decide just what that contribution will be.