The Future Depends on You

The Future Depends on You

Hey team. All right, so here we are, and tomorrow happens to be the 4th of July, Independence Day. Many of you will be out having barbecues and enjoying yourself. Some of you, some of you lucky few, will be working. You will be sitting and putting in the hard work tomorrow during the day or tomorrow during the night. You may or may not get very much barbecue, much potato salad, stuff like that. But your team thanks you, your community thanks you, and we want to tell you how much we appreciate you.

On this day, Mahatma Gandhi said, “The future depends on what you do today.” It makes me think 250 some years ago that there was a group of men on the East Coast that started making determinations and doing things that set in motion for us to have a very free country. Now, it wasn’t without a lot of hard work and determination. It wasn’t without a lot of risk. It wasn’t without a lot of really hard stuff, and it needed to get thousands of more people behind the cause to make it happen. But they took the risks, and the things they did that day determined the future of our nation.

We, our destinies, our vision, and our movement forward, not just as a company but us as individuals, families, community, and nation, continue with that same principle. The little disciplines and the things that we take risks on and do today will determine our futures and our legacy for lifetimes to come. The little things that we do, the little disciplines, move us closer and closer to more success in our future. The decisions that we make often have ripple effects, good or bad. They can either move us closer and closer to what we desire or they can totally steer us off course. We can make measured decisions or decide to do nothing, not participate, not work towards something, and we can lose a lot of time, which might be too much time, and give us regrets down the road.

I’m not trying to be somber here; I’m trying to be uplifting a little bit. But it is true that the little things that we do, our future depends on them. The future of our country, the future of our lives, your future, your individual choices change your future and can ripple through the community and your family’s futures as well. The things that you do, so let’s do them well. Let’s be valuable because nothing less will do. Let’s take that as a guiding principle to do the things, the hard things, today.

Some of you have heard me say it: the best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. So, when you’re sitting in the shade, you see the trees behind me. I’ve owned this house now for 16 years. I’ve been here, but most of these trees were here long before I got here. Some of these trees are 30 and 40 and 50 years old. So, somebody planted these trees, and I’m able to enjoy the shade in the hot summer heat because somebody else planted them. That’s what we need to do, plant those seeds of prosperity and life into the lives of our children, our grandchildren, and our community. Let’s do the hard things today so that we can leave a legacy for tomorrow.

All right, happy Independence Day and God bless you guys. Tomorrow, have a wonderful week. I’ll see you next week, or Monday actually, on the 8th. God bless you. Bye, see you.