As you probably know I travel widely, keep quiet, mind my own business, but have remained observant as I grow long in the tooth. I wonder if all the computers in the world could calculate the number of unfinished projects in the United States, let alone the rest of the world.
Why do I wonder about such things? For a number of reasons. One being the enormous waste of resources lying around, rotting and rusting away. The cost of such wasted effort is beyond regular calculations. This says nothing of the time gone down the tube. A thought from my rummaging around quote sites popped off the page. Here it is for you to ruminate on:
“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.” Neil Gaiman,
Once upon a time many, if not most, Americans harped to their offspring; “Finish what you started.” This phrase was nearly a biblical mandate. The Bible doesn’t actually say it that way, but the essence is taught throughout its pages. The amount of projects a person starts and fails to finish usually sends a message about the person’s probable character. Failure to finish what you start, or quitting prior to finish, are habits, one is very good and the other detrimental to growing as a person.
As we progress along life’s path, we will have our share or more of failures. Failing to finish should not be on the list. The other day a Little League coach and I were talking. As we talked about how great we were back in the day, I asked, “Coach, what is the biggest problem you have in building a good team?” I was surprised at his answer, though I should have assumed as much. He said, “Larry the biggest and most frustrating problem is finding boys who will stick to the rigors of learning to do it right. They show up in the early spring, practice once or twice and then never show up again.”
Industry shares the same experience be it factory work, truck drivers, even professional sports seems to be unable to communicate the idea that finishing is essential.
Tragically, many men and women are still breathing having made a start on life. But though they are still walking around, they gave up on genuine life and are inwardly someplace else. Tuned out is the modern phrase. You look into their eyes and see dim lights on, but no one is home.
The last words of Jesus on this bear thought; “It is finished!” John 19:30.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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