Blue Collar Respect

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The Farmer And His Mule

This one goes out to the men and women we stand on. Without them we would not be where we are today. Everyone stands on someone. Even children stand on their parents as they try to learn all they can before taking off on their own. But how often do we say thank you. When do we look at them and say “Without you I wouldn’t be where I am.” Not often enough, in my opinion. We get wrapped in our own struggles. We believe that our hard work and tenacity is what got us where we are. That may be partly true, but what about your coworkers that supported you. It’s called support for a reason. Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong. What I am saying is, don’t take it for granted. Take the time to say thanks.

Who else do we rely on that we take for granted. For starters, the sanitation workers that collect our trash. What if you woke up the next morning and realized that was your job. How would you feel about being a sanitation worker. It’s an important job. You should feel good about it. But, instead we dream up this idea that only uneducated fools are sanitation workers. We don’t want people to think that we are that class of people. In truth, that type of thinking is a disgrace. If that is how we think, then we do need that job. It may bring us off of our high horse. Whatever happened to I am better than no man, and no man is better than I am? Did we forget that we are all equal? Yes we are no better than the sanitation worker that comes to our house weekly. the inverse sight of it, is that they are just as good as we are. We should never lose sight of this.

We set ourselves to our standards and once we achieve our goal, we flip those standards around and point them at others. This is a huge injustice. At no time should we ever think we are better than the person giving us a pedicure. If it weren’t for them, we would be filing our own feet. We tell people to have pride in their work, then turn around and judge them. These statements are not to be taken personally. But they do show the potential of what can happen. Like it or not we are judgmental by nature. We always size and compare in order to see how we measure up to others. If we are all equal, then why are we measuring? For those that have supported me, Thank you. For those that I have supported, you are welcome. This is what we do for each other. This is how we make progress together.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and may we always see our equality to others.


6 thoughts on “Blue Collar Respect

    FlorenceT said:
    June 3, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Thoughtful post :-). Humility and gratitude are so important.

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    meetabdulakeem said:
    June 3, 2015 at 7:07 am

    A thousand thank you for this mind opening piece


    Maria Helena said:
    June 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

    very nice and thoughtful article! it happens way too often that we take things for granted. from time to time we should take a step back and try to see how blessed we are having certain people in our lives.

    Liked by 1 person

    Debby Carroll said:
    June 3, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    So right. I used to own and ice cream store and the man who delivered our milk was such an important part of the process of running the store. His responsible service, his ability to always know even better than we did how much we’d need and his attitude were all invaluable. Made me think of all the people who are part of our pyramid of success and they are often the ones we don’t recognize.


    April said:
    June 3, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Awesome words! Thank you for writing it and posting it! A thankful heart and thankful words really do go a long way!

    Liked by 1 person

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