I was involved in a performance review, recently, where the person being evaluated commented, that it was so nice to hear that she was appreciated. Indeed, I have never experienced a person that I, sincerely, complimented, become angry or not joyfully receive recognition of their efforts.
So often we feel that we are living in a vacuum. We are working diligently and foregoing vacation time and working when we are ill…or donating time to the job…and no one seems to notice or care.
Often we sit on the sidelines while others are applauded, perhaps rightfully so, and our worry and labor and striving…appears to not create a ripple in the placid sea?
A plant will die from lack of attention. If we cease to water it and neglect it…and trust that it will be all right, we may find that it has withered and passed away. The same can be said of we humans. When no one seems to care about us or what we are doing…or what we are thinking…our world may take on a distorted view.
I wonder if the many individuals who have resorted to gun violence, in our nation, could have been dissuaded and set upon another path…if they were not been bullied or marginalized or had they not become members of a hidden society!
I watched the movie, ‘Us,’ over the weekend. The flick illustrates a society of humans who live in unground tunnels and unused facilities. Those living underground and not having the benefit of the sun to shine on them and the opportunities of their identical counterparts in the above ground world are stilted and stymied and stunted in their growth as human beings.
I have often told Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale chancellors and presidents that they should seek input from their civil service staff as the remedies for the on-going problem of recruitment and retention of students. When a church or work-place or society pigeonholes individuals…that organization is in the midst of it’s decline.
And, so, Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We will eat hearty and rejoice in the blessings of capitalism and opportunity and being in the right place at the right time…and having the right friends and a quality education from the right schools…
Others, a lot of others, will huddle in their makeshift tent or scrounge some discarded food from a dumpster or warm their ill-clad bodies over a heating register that is outside a Macy’s Department Store window…as they look, longingly, at the Christmas Display….