He would be all
That a mortal could be…
No one would be kinder
Or fairer than she…
Each day he would stack up
The letters he would write…
She would think of the customers
She would fill with delight…
But the fact is they died
And faded from view
And all that was left
When living was through
Was the mountain of things
They intended to do…
Adapted by Scott McKain
I had the opportunity to see keynote Scott McKain speak several years ago at Build Business in Chicago. McKain spoke about how to distinguish your company from others. He stressed that now is the time to start this process.
McKain’s talk was excellent, and when he closed with this poem, he left his audience speechless. I looked around at 800 of my colleagues, all of whom had the same expression on their faces.
We were all running the highlight reels of our lives, and remembering all of our good intentions. I vowed then and there to not leave a list of good intentions behind when my time is done.
As we head into the holiday season and begin to set our goals for 2017, this poem can help to remind us of all of the great ideas we have and have had. What if we committed to start doing today and not waiting until tomorrow?
Enjoy your holidays with family and friends and remember that Latin phrase, carpe diem. We should all seize the day.
SMPS President Craig Galati, AIA, FSMPS, CPSM, is principal of LGA, in Las Vegas, NV. He can be reached at 702.263.7111 or [email protected].