Thanking our Unsung Heroes
With increasing trend of ‘Pics or it didn’t happen’ – Instagram’s new rule in life that one’s claim cannot be trusted unless a picture is shown to prove it –, one often misses out on appreciating the hidden people who are making things happen behind-the-scenes.
Have you ever wondered how the world runs on its own? How do planes manage to land safely each day? How do your letters arrive on a regular basis? What about the running of your daily buses, trains and even your coffee seller who seems to be able to get freshly brewed coffee prepared every morning without fail?
Perhaps it is alluring to want to be the person upfront who gets the attention and glory – but for every singer who is up on stage, or for any leader out there or pastor at the podium, there is a team of unseen ‘helpers’ ensuring that things run as they should. These frontrunners would not be able to do what they do if not for their teams.
Now, think closer to home. Spend a little time to consider who ensures the laundry gets cleaned and ironed and folded in your home, and who provides you with a clean house and warm food to eat. Take some time to give thanks; if you are the primary homemaker, please give yourself a pat on the back.
I am so grateful for those people in my life who keep the world around me running, and I want to send them a big “Thank You!” and “You’re highly appreciated!”
As someone who has only recently switched over to be a part of the support team working at Morning Star, I truly appreciate my fellow colleagues who have been working here in MSCS to ensure that things run smoothly day in and day out. From our compassionate facilitators (or ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’, as our children call them) who ceaselessly care for our children, ensuring that the children’s welfare comes before their own, to the mathematical prodigies who work hard at ensuring that our books are balanced at the end of the day.
I also want to thank the people who churn out annual reports on time by the sweat of their brow, and those who tirelessly explain the same story to different callers on the other end of the line throughout the day. And let’s not forget the cleaners who work quietly in the early hours of the morning and slip away unseen, unheard towards high noon.
These are the people who work with passion and perseverance day after day, week after week, year after year. Let us take a moment to appreciate our unsung heroes in the background. It doesn’t take more than a minute to write a simple note of gratitude, or half a minute to smile and express our thanks.
Likewise, I want to exhort those who are called to the ministry of helps, and to remind all that without the Priscillas of St Paul’s time and the Marthas of the Gospel, the ministry of Jesus may not be as far-reaching as we know it today.
I would like to leave you with this quote:
“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”
– Neal A. Maxwell
Manager, Corporate Services