By J. Keith Hughey, Senior Consultant
I recently took part in the Independent Bankers Association of Texas' 41st Annual Convention in Galveston. Throughout the three-day event, I observed one speaker after another take a moment to thank various people – with kudos being directed to team members, family, mentors, Boards of Directors, the IBAT staff and leadership, along with the exhibit hall staff, event planners, food service staff, and assorted others – who in one way or another either had a hand in their achievements or in making the event and its many moving parts a rousing success.
Likewise, there were vendors galore hosting large and small gatherings as a way of thanking their clients and customers, or in hopes of ingratiating themselves to new friends and prospects. All-in-all, it was a veritable love fest as officiants, speakers, vendors and others took the time to offer kind words for those whose actions and efforts had made a difference.
Some of those accolades were so sincerely and effectively delivered that I took the opportunity to let a couple of the speakers know that I thought their words of praise and recognition were nicely done. Thus, it struck me as incredibly ironic when on my drive home I spotted a billboard with a message that read, "Being a Trucker is a thankless job."
As I reflected on that statement, I began to understand the basic truth that it contained. After all, can you ever recall telling some random trucker, farmer, employee of one of the utilities that serves your community – or any number of other faceless and nameless individuals that you encounter during your day – how much you appreciate their efforts?
When you think about it, it's not uncommon for many of us to offer a word of thanks to our men and women in uniform when we encounter them in our midst. We might even go so far as to pick up their dinner tab or offer to exchange seats with them on a plane if we have the better seat. For most of us it is pretty easy to acknowledge their personal sacrifice, their courage and what we owe them for the freedoms that we enjoy.
So why do we treat others we rely upon daily differently? Aren't the basics of life – along with the many creature comforts we enjoy – also the result of someone else's good and faithful efforts? Don't we also owe them a tip of the hat, a smile, and a word of thanks and appreciation for what they do to make our lives easier and better?
We're interdependent like it or not, and we would do well not to forget it or take it for granted. So why not take a moment today, tomorrow and the day after that to tell others whom you don't necessarily know that you appreciate their efforts.
Who knows, in doing so you might just make someone else's day a whole lot better and brighter by letting them know what they do makes a difference.
From Monday Morning Musings, Volume XIII, No. 39. If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of Keith’s Monday Morning Musings blog each week, please join the mailing list.