I am an avowed “80/20 guy”. Jacque is a “99.99, every i dotted and every t crossed, check and double check gal.” When I am mentally on to the next project, she often pulls me back to review and fix. This can be painful, but the final results are better because of her completeness. At the end of this amazing year, I want to share a few things I have learned about finishing well. I am obviously doing this for my own benefit. We have been blessed to have been involved with many diverse efforts, from planning conferences to creating videos. To the extent that these efforts were successful, the credit is due to Jacque’s careful attention to detail.
George Washington gave his best efforts at the end of his life when he deserved to be enjoying an easy life of retirement. He said, “the harder the conflict, the greater the triumph.”
Abraham Lincoln never wavered in his determination to do the right thing for our war-torn country and to do it in the right way. “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.”
My parents valued and lived lives of service right until the ends of their lives. They were always thinking of what they could do for others, especially on holidays when our floors were filled with “little things for the neighbors.” Dad loved buying and writing birthday cards as a way to fill his time when mom passed away.
While I will still be looking for creative ways to start projects and complete them in the most effective ways, I will give more thought to finishing well. I will seek to enjoy the process and as always the feeling that comes from a job that is well done.