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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Take No One for Granted

Twice a day I board a shuttle bus to get from the campus where I live to the one where I work (and back).

And (almost) every time I debus, I tell the driver "thank you."

I also play with the security guards (saluting, waving, smiling), and greet the maintenance staff.

To a lot of my co-workers, these men and women are invisible, part of the scenery, like a tree or a trash can.

To me, they're brothers and sisters, people who make the life I live possible.

Maybe it's my "democratic" roots, but I just can't receive help from someone--a car door opened, a lunch tray dumped--without acknowledging the presence of the person who did it.

In my case, there's a wall of language difference between me and most of these so-called "little people." But that doesn't prevent a simple "xie xie" (thank you), or a smile, or a hand raised in greeting as a bus driver I know goes by.

So remember that we're all children of the universe, and take none of your brothers and sisters for granted.

You'll be happier.

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