Most people I know do good work, or at least try to. They strive. Some are in fancy offices doing work that affects thousands of souls. Others are in humbler situations, or attending to quotidian affairs. But they give it their best shot, whatever “it” is.
Most of the efforts of human labor go unnoticed and unrecognized. As we are reminded on All Saints Day in the Episcopal Church, “Some of them have left behind a name, so that others declare their praise. But of others there is no memory,” (from Ecclesiasticus).
Mothering takes a good bit of work. Well, tons of work, really. Last Wednesday, a bunch of Watertown mothers and caregivers gathered in our parish hall to celebrate Mother’s Day. The gathering was in their honor, but you know, don’t you, that simply getting their kids washed, fed, dressed, and out the door so that they could attend should have earned them all a small trophy.
That’s why I was so very glad and amazed that these mothers had taken the time to plan a recognition of Arlene and Cheryl, the leaders of Watertown Family Network. Arlene and Cheryl do so much to help these mothers make it through this day, and then the next, and then the next, without anyone giving them a trophy (or even a thank you, often). Such a beautiful gesture, this moment of thanksgiving!
Who in your life deserves recognition? When was the last time you stopped to praise and thank someone for their work? Don’t have time to throw a party? Pick up the phone! Or send a note. Buy them a coffee. Everyone needs it.
What ideas do you have for honoring others?