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 will be glad I was there.
– Lou Holtz