I have always been fascinated by posters from World War II. This poster is just one of many a wandering person can find on the 'net. I like this poster, it says a lot and means so much more, in just a few words. As we know, words are very powerful, and in the right order, can convey much.
I was reminded of this saying and thought of this poster yesterday.
I was graced with the opportunity to help a service person yesterday. Simply put, I did my job and serviced a customer as I do everyday. I did nothing special, just what I try to do with every customer I come in contact with on a daily basis. I helped them with a problem and just did my job.
That person thanked me repeatedly for listening, for helping them. I could hear the tears in their voice and I assured them that it was my job to help and that in fact, I should be the one thanking them, for the service they provided. I am not ashamed to say that by the time I hung up, there was a tear in my voice as well.
They said I was the only person that listened, that helped them that day. The only person that had ever thanked them for serving the country. I sit here, the day after, and frankly I am still stunned.
I thought we, as a country, were better at thanking a veteran or active duty service person. To think that there is even one service person out there that has not been helped in even a small way, or that has never had someone say thank you for your service, is stunning.
I did nothing special. I did my job, and said thank you. I guess I forget that even simple courtesies and being of service to others can make such a huge difference to those that never get that. I just do it, it is a habit. I guess one of my better ones, but really, it is not hard to do. It is, after all, how we are raised and how we like to be treated as well.
The point of the story is to never forget to be a good citizen, a good person, and to be of service; to never forget that 'never was so much owed by so many to so few'. It is as true today as it was over sixty years ago. It is a new day, and just 'round the corner, a new year. There is a new opportunity to be a person of goodwill, to be of service, and to be what we have been raised to be.