Better Than We Found It

A sign hangs over the kitchen sink:

Our goal is to leave everything better than we found it.

It’s an admirable goal, but one we are not very good at.

When we borrow a friend’s car, use the latrine, have a difficult discussion, leave a restaurant table, handle a customer complaint, respond to a referral, or use the condiment cart at the corner coffee shop to top off the cream and sugar.

Can we leave things better than we found them?