“I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.”
What happens if the work of the daily grind doesn’t occur? Not only will the fireworks not happen but neither will all the very important, and very necessary, effort that is needed to make the regularity of life possible. Every day people do work that is completely unrecognized because it isn’t part of a big show. But the cascading impact of that work is too important to ignore. The barista that takes pride in their craft and doesn’t just “mail it in” and treats their customer with genuine warmth. The postman that delivers the mail that includes a birthday present for a child. The manager that stops talking long enough to truly listen to their team member.
What we do and contribute in life is far more than the big fireworks show. It is how we live and interact with others every single day. I challenge you to find one person in your walk today who is doing their normal ledger and tell them “thank you.” The impact that you then make on their life is so much more important that the moment of time it takes for you to recognize and appreciate the small efforts that in turn have made your life better.