Remember hiking that rocky, dusty trail when you were young? In the middle of the single-file line, you increased your speed to keep up with the person in front of you. Your back pack pressed down on your shoulders with the weight of your camping gear causing your back to ache.
The Scout Master in the front kept a steady pace but always looked back to see how far the line of excited and tired scouts lagged. The adult in the back of the line maintained pace with the slowest hiker. The group could only travel at the speed of the slowest person.
After several miles and hours of hiking, you reached a beautiful green valley where you would camp for the night. Your feet were sore and your back ached but now that you did not have to hike any more, all you wanted to do was explore the woods with your fellow scouts.
Before the Scout Master allowed you to run off and play, do you remember what he said? He said, “Leave it better than you found it.” By this, your leader taught you a lesson to abide by in life, not just in camping.
Leave it better than you found it.
This mantra applies to every aspect of life. It applied to the outdoors when you went camping as a kid. It applied when your mother told you to clean your room. It also applies today.
Work – Leave it better than you found it
You are fortunate and blessed to have a job. Many people struggle to find a job because they are either not qualified or there are too many equally qualified people to fill a finite number of positions.
When you go to work each day, you have the responsibility to complete certain tasks. You can complete those job responsibilities in three ways: with joy, with stoic contentment or with frustration.
Enjoying your job is the only method by which you will have a positive impact on others. Go through your day complaining about your boss, the company or your responsibilities and you will foster an unhappy work place. Instead, enjoy your job and make others’ better.
Work with a smile, treat others with respect and be positive and you will leave your work better than you found it that day.
Social Media – Leave it better than you found it
Your mother told you when you were younger, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” That applies to social media as well.
It’s disturbing to get on Facebook and see comments that would embarrass every grandmother alive.
“My boss is stupid.”
“My employees are terrible.”
“I hate my life.”
Why do people say such things? Negative comments don’t do any good. The person who writes a comment like one of these definitely does not understand the “leave it better than you found it” idea.
If you are tempted to write a negative comment or complain about something, think twice about it. Nothing good will come from it if you do. It doesn’t leave anything better; it makes the internet a worse place than it already is.
Flood your social media streams with happy and positive comments. Show people what kind of person you really are. Leave the internet a better place than you found it.
What will you do?
Do you see the value in making the world a better place? Are you willing to help? You can participate in all the charitable endeavors you want but until you will personally make your surroundings, by your actions, better than you found them, charitable causes can only do so much.
Will you make your workplace better? Will you leave it better than you found it?
Will you use social media for good? Will you leave it better than you found it?