Posted by: JulieAloha | May 29, 2017

365 Gratitude Project – Day 149: Memorial Day

May 29, 2017

Today I’m grateful for many things. I began the day listening to Memorial Day tributes on NPR while I put my lunch together and got ready for work. The roads were clear, not surprising on a Holiday, but welcome. I had plans to continue work on my goals, reorganizing and updating the Admission’s Binders and was picking up the Binders in preparation for that task when one of my Supervisors pulled me aside to thank me for my recent flexibility in scheduling and for my willingness to always help out when needed. I was so pleased – I do work hard because I believe in work ethic, but mostly because I love my job, and it’s so gratifying to be recognized for doing good work. I’ve had other jobs in which criticism was heard far more often than praise or exemplary work was rewarded with the expectation of more and better. Now I’ve also had jobs in which credit was given where it was due and both personal and professional growth was encouraged (thank you, Linda), but I’ve never expected to receive praise and I’m always grateful when given it.

I did accomplish part of my goals and had a fun day with Sandy at South Guest Services again, and I was able to give another coworker a ride home, saving her a long, hot bus ride in the process.

Once home I thought about the meaning of Memorial Day. Its intention is to remember the fallen heroes of war and conflict, to remember their actions and sacrifice and acknowledge the role they played in our freedoms and liberties today. But I also thought about my Supervisor’s words of thanks this morning and I realized that it’s not just heroes who answer the call to action and go beyond the call of duty. When we do what needs to be done, when we get up and go to work and do our job to the best of our ability we honor the memory of those fallen just as much as is done by the grand speeches and flag waving and trumpet fanfares and it’s not just one day of celebration but a daily tribute to those who went before. I will remember their service by continuing my own, and I am thankful, grateful that I live in a place and time in which I am able to do so.

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