One thing I learned in cub scouts and boy scouts was always leave the woodpile a little higher. Sometimes we camped out at campsites that had a woodpile. If you used some of the wood for your fire, you were supposed to replace it and add a little more than you took for the next camper. By extrapolation, it also meant leave your campsite cleaner than you found it.
I thought of this as I was picking up my teenage sons’ clothes off the floor of their rooms, turning off the lights they left on, and putting their dishes in the dishwasher. No matter which one of them I ask, it is always the other one that did it. My comeback to them is going to be – leave the woodpile a little higher.
As I start work this morning, my thoughts turn to the clients I’m helping as they struggle through their divorces. It occurs to me that each of us, as we pass through life, whether helping others through our work or raising kids, can leave the woodpile a little higher.