Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Growing up as a child, I spent every school break I could volunteering at zoos and animal parks. A lot of that time was enjoyed in the reptile house of Springfield's Dickerson Park Zoo. I had a standing invitation. My first tasks upon arriving, every day, was always to clean the exhibit glass, sweep and remove any cobwebs. As a kid, it was the worst part of the experience. I wanted to do the cool stuff - feed snakes, clean cages hang out with the tortoises or gators. But the housekeeping chores were always first. Looking back, I am eternally grateful for those lessons. The small tasks are just as important as the big tasks, if not more so. Attention to detail is paramount to part of the larger responsibility at hand.