[D3410-Fellowship] Finishing What We’ve Started
I want you guys to think about something for a second…
Over the past year, how many projects have you left unfinished?
How many super-awesome ideas have you had that you’ve just kind of forgotten about?
How many times have you said that you wanted to do something…and yet you haven’t gotten around to doing it?
It’s not a fun feeling, is it? Thinking about all that wasted energy…
That’s one of the things that most annoys me about people in general. It annoys me that we have a general tendency to not finish what we’ve started.
At work, we go to meetings where we brainstorm and throw out ideas about how we can make things better. And then you know what happens?
Nothing happens. We go back to our usual day and function as we normally do.
In our personal lives, we have dreams and goals and every once in a while, we have one of those light bulb moments. We figure out how we can change our lives for the better.
And then you know what happens?
Nothing happens. Or, sometimes, SOMETHING happens…for a week or two. And then we go back to our usual day and function as we normally do.
Annoying, isn’t it?
I mean, sometimes I can’t help but wonder why we even start things if we don’t push ourselves to finish.
Now sure… there ARE some things that you really shouldn’t finish…like bad books and whole tubs of ice cream.
But for the most part, we really should make every effort to finish what we’ve put into place.
That’s one of the reasons why I admire Rotary so much.
Through their efforts to completely eradicate polio, they’ve been able to reach a 99% reduction rate.
Some organizations would be happy with that. For some organizations, that would be enough.
But not for Rotary.
They know that they’re SO CLOSE to their goal, but they recognize that they’ve still got that other 1% to go.
And that means something to them. They’re not stopping until their done.
They’re not stopping because recently there have been outbreaks in Somalia and parts of Africa that were previously polio-free.
And for that reason, as long as polio still exists, children everywhere are at risk of being affected by the disease.
Because if we experience a resurgence of polio, 10 million children could be affected throughout the next 40 years.
And we don’t want that.
Rotary and its partners in the global initiative have already put so much work and effort into helping this great cause. They’ve helped immunize 2.5 billion children – yes – BILLION, and as a result, they’ve prevented more than 10 million children worldwide from being affected by polio.
So now it’s time to finish what they’ve started.
Now it’s time to tackle that last 1%…and they’re committed to doing so.
So today, I’m making the same commitment to finish the things that I’ve started. Or at the very least, to give these things my all.
Because if everyone were to leave their efforts unfinished, what would we really accomplish as a society? How would we make life better?
We’re creative, we’re passionate, and we’re too full of potential to let it go to waste.
So make things happen.
Finish what you’ve started or start something worth finishing.
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