In the aftermath of Florence there has been just an amazing response from people towards those in need. I’ve especially been amazed at the response of the church and christian groups in all of this.
One particular thing really just took me by surprise and that was the response to the linemen who were here working to restore power. There were a lot of donations of hot meals to the areas where they were camped and they were really being heralded as heroes.
Now, I’ve got a bit of a cynical streak that tends to get me in trouble, but it reared its ugly head here. Now, just so’s you don’t think I’m a complete jerk, when Fran came through and I was without power for over a week, I was literally cheering these guys as they came down my street and would have thrown them a ticker tape parade had I known when they were showing up.
I am not so crass as to be without gratitude
However, my mind does spin and I started to wonder what it would be like if we showed the same gratitude and respect to everyone we encountered and not just the people giving us something that we desperately need. What if we treated every job as holy and every person as important? What would the world look like if we treated the kid at the McDonald’s counter as if he were the most important person in the world? What if we tipped generously at restaurants or gave the grumpy lady at the Walmart checkout gratitude as if she were essential to our comfort and survival?
What if we treated every type of work as important and a calling?
What would our retail encounters look like then? What would the world look like?