"We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike." ~Maya Angelou

Friday, October 15, 2010

Explain extraordinary

     I hear people my age lamenting the fact that they have not done anything important in their lives; that they have not changed the world. That is ridiculous. Ordinary people do extraordinary things, disguised as normal stuff, every day and change the world by doing them. I was reading our book club book "Dewey: The small town library cat who touched the world" this morning and ran across this section on this idea of the ordinary as extraordinary. I want to share it with you.

"Dewey wasn't special because he did something extraordinary but because he was extraordinary.  He was like one of those seemingly ordinary people who, once you get to know them, stand out from the crowd. They are the ones who never miss a day of work, who never complain, who never ask for more than their share.  They are those rare librarians, car salesmen, and waitresses who provide excellent service on principle, who go beyond the job because they have a passion for the job.  They know what they are meant to do in life, and they do it exceptionally well.  Some win awards; some make a lot of money; most are taken for granted.  The store clerks.  The bank tellers.  The auto mechanics.  The mothers.  The world tends to recognize the unique and the loud, the rich and the self-serving, not those who do ordinary things extraordinarily well."

     I happened to be watching the Today show this morning and Donald Trump was on.  That man knows how to make money. Period.  No one doubts that. He also knows how to cut someone to the quick in a very short amount of time. Compassion does not seem to be his gift. I don't know him personally so, enough said.
    I know many people who are not great at making money but they are great at reading people's hearts and emotions. They reach out with words, touches and looks and heal hearts and strengthen shaking legs. Teachers; life long friends and new friends; mom and dads; husbands and wives, sons and daughters do this all the time.  If you are one of these people who have the gift of genuine 'people skills', you are so much more important to the world than the Donald Trumps or the guy who invented the Internet. You keep us all standing strong, getting up in the morning,believing and hoping.  You are my heroes.


b said...

Well said.

manda_hladik said...

I find so much truth in your words. You are absolutely right, those who are extraordinary are often those who are overlooked and taken for granted.