The World Needs More "Builders"

[April 10 | 0 Comments | 581 views]

Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,

When you hear the word ”builder,” what comes to mind? A contractor? A real estate developer? I’m a firm believer that the world needs more of the right kind of builders.

I’m talking about the builders of people. Builders who help to shape the character of young men and women. They are the people who you remember all of your life, because they cared enough to make a difference.

Who were the builders that affected your life? Who was it that saw more in you than you saw in yourself? I believe that all successful people have been touched by at least one builder in their lives. As the saying goes, “We never make it alone.”

The Former Notre Dame Football coach, Lou Holtz has always been a great developer of young men and women. 

Here is a poem by Coach Holtz.

The Builder - By Lou Holtz

I saw a group of men in my home town. 
I saw a group of men tearing a building down.
With a heave and a ho and a mighty yell, 
They swung a beam and a sidewall fell.

So I said to the foreman, “Are these men skilled, 
The type you’d hire if you wanted to build?”
And he laughed and said, “Why, no indeed.”
“Common labor’s all I need. 

For I can tear down in a day or two 
What it took a builder ten years to do.”
And I thought to myself as I walked away, which of these roles am I going to play?
Am I the type that constantly tears down 
As I foolishly make my way around?
Or am I the type that’s trying to build up with care? 
In hopes that my community (church, team, group or organization) will be glad I was there?”

Here’s to all of the great Builders in our club who are paying it forward.… You know who you are…

Yours in Rotary,
Tony Parziale