Governor Mel Carnahan was good at many things--waiting was not one of them.
If there was a problem he could do something about, he wanted to get started--today--now.
He was not keen on waiting around for perfect or grand solutions. He was interested in what he could do right away--today--that would make things a little bit better tomorrow.
And then he'd get up tomorrow and start with that little bit of ground already gained.
It's not that he never went for the big play, but he certainly knew that small efforts over time added up as well.
For him, it was about progress, not perfection.
I think we can all learn from that.
If you want to honor the legacy of Governor Carnahan, regardless of your political party or your cause, figure out what you can do to make your community, state or country a little bit better today and get started.
Volunteer for the candidate or party of your choice. Make that contribution you've been thinking about to your favorite charity. Check in with that friend you've been meaning to call.
That way, just like Governor Carnahan, when you go to bed at night and reflect on your day, you'll be able to honestly say that you left things a little better than you found them.
(h/t Scott Charton on the image)