When we use to own a home, the North side of the house had a problem with peeling paint.
Every summer I had to get the ladder out, scrape the bubbling paint and repaint it.
Each early spring, my father went out to trim the old growth on his fruit trees.
During the previous growing season, the tree would sprout sucker branches which would leach out the strength of the tree and not put that energy into growing fruit.
Some days there never seems to be enough time to complete what we need to do.
That's why there's a tomorrow.
Many tasks take more than one day to accomplish.
Doing a part of the task each day with due diligence will get us to our goal.
In the late 1800s, vitamins were discovered, sort of.
It was realized that some foods made people's health stronger than others, but they didn't know why.
Grand claims were made by health food hucksters of the day that they could cure anything from ingrown toenails to woman's complaint with their mixtures.
People then as now didn't go out of their comfort zone and habits.
It was known that inmates developed a sickness and death from eating just cornbread and nothing else during imprisonment but the authorities didn't know why?
It wasn't until 1912 that Casimir Funk isolated and confirmed the biochemical properties of what he termed Vitamins that the public became aware of their benefits.
It turns out the adage, a man can live on cornbread alone is not valid.
You need a whole range of vitamins to live a healthy life.
Eating cornbread only and water will lead to a gruesome death.
However, knowledge of the right things to eat didn't flip a switch in people's diet.
Society abhors change.
People, on the whole, don't like to expend energy, do they?
For many, there has to be a crisis before they take action.
The house has to be actually on fire before they think about taking the stacked newspapers out.
People have energy at the beginning, but for most that enthusiasm dwindles with time.
They plant an herb garden and come back a few months later to see the weeds have taken over.
Our nation needs to tend to its democracy right now.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. admonished us all that the task of equality and justice for all wasn't going to get done in a day.
We each have our part to do.
The forces we fight will not give up.
Evil is not lazy.
Bigotry doesn't take the day off.
Racism feeds upon ignorance every day.
Injustice sprints ahead of the common good.
The weeds of intolerance grow in the fertile soil of anger and hopelessness.
Our challenge is not to succumb to apathy.
If you've never picked an acre of beans, at the start, the task seems long hot and daunting.
The sun beats you down and stings your eyes.
The fly bites your ankles and the blood flows.
You take a break, but that nagging feeling grows telling you to get up and get it done.
While you're working, a friend stops by and lends a hand.
The neighbor next door sees you working and brings you a drink of cold water.
That neighbor joins in, then the guy across the way brings a sandwich and helps with the picking too.
A community has come together of brother's and sisters, young and old, rich and poor all joining hands and hearts to share in the work.
To share in the riches.
To share in the love.
To share the burden of the task.
A human thing.
We will get there together, all of us one day.
Love has always been stronger than hate.
Always and in all ways.