There is something god-like about building. And all of us do it on some level. We create, we organize, we clean. I wonder if it was meant to be that way-this innate desire to assist in making things better.
The opposite of building is destroying. There is a physical law known as “entropy.” In this sense, entropy means the gradual decline into disorder. Do you see entropy? It’s all around us. Our kids’ bedrooms don’t naturally get cleaner-they naturally get messier. Weeds spontaneously grow-but flowers rarely do. Food is rarely the correct temperature on it’s own-we usually need to cool it down or heat it up.
Why is that? Why is it that things naturally fall apart or get worse overtime? Our cars, our bodies, our relationships, our bank accounts, our recollection of a book we read. Wouldn’t it be cool if we got abs sitting on the couch eating Cheetos? Try to think of something that gets better by exerting little or no energy. It’s hard to do.
Most of the good stuff in life requires extreme effort-your relationship with God, your relationship with your spouse and children, staying in shape, building a career, developing a skill or talent, making money. These are some of the toughest things in life but the payoff for success makes the effort worth it.
It’s easy to destroy something. What’s difficult is to build. It takes a lot of work and it takes even more patience. It takes faith that there will be fruits from your labor. It takes vision to see something in your mind that doesn’t yet exist. It takes dedication to confront the frustration, obstacles and naysayers and just keep moving. Building and improving, in all aspects of life, are some of the most difficult challenges of this experience we call life.
All of these are reasons why I build.
So why do you?
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