Baxter Black: The ten percent
March 8, 2012
Ten percent of the people do 90 percent of the work
And they get to do it for nuthin’! And that’s not the only perk,
They’re asked to donate to causes, contribute their cash and their time,
Get up early, usually stay late, and always claim they don’t mind.
They serve on boards and commissions, participate in the potluck,
Bring snacks for the kindergartners, for hayrides they furnish the truck
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They take their turn on the fair board, as deacons or soccer moms
Jury duty or Salvation Army, ringing bells and gathering alms.
Raise funds for endless projects, the Food Bank, the FFA
Missions in far away countries, Girl Scouts and the PTA
Call on the shut-ins, fight cancer, or maybe teach others to read,
Through Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis, they work to fulfill a need.
The ten percent you can count on to sign up, to help and belong
Always ready and willing, they make our communities strong.
They often don’t get the glory or noticed by everyone
But, they’re easy to find at a party, cleanin’ up after it’s done.
What causes man to serve his fellow man? At best, I discern
Not money. Sometimes a ‘thanks’ is all that they’ll earn.
And it can’t be Evolution, where only the toughest survive,
Or lessons learned in a classroom… “Compassion, see page 25”.
But it’s there in certain people, giving satisfies their needs
You can’t find it in a brain scan, but you can see it in their deeds
No physical exam can spot it, it won’t show up on the chart
But if I had to guess what IT is, I’d say it comes from the heart.
So I’ll just admit that we’re lucky the ten percent are right here
‘Cause without them nothing would happen, and they do it all volunteer.
VOL from the Greek meaning: work like a horse
UNTEER meaning; without pay.