I’m grateful for people who do hard jobs

We had a big hornet’s nest on the side of the house, so I contacted Cascadia Venom Collection – they’ll remove the nest for free as long as you haven’t sprayed it.

I idly wondered at the time if there were any women who did this kind of work – well, the answer is “Yes!”  I talked to her about how she got into that line of work; she was happy to talk about it.  (She knew someone who worked for the company.)

A pleasant young woman doing what most of us would consider a very unpleasant job.

I’ve always been aware of the many types of work that I would hate to do (garbage collection is an easy example), and am grateful that there are people out there willing to do them.  There are so many fundamental occupations that are necessary to our health, safety, economy and/or comfort that people are filling all around us.

I’m so glad they are!

That’s one of the reasons I decided to make pay-it-forward thank you cards, to express my gratitude to the various people I run into during each day, who make my life a little better with each interaction.

I just wish I could make enough cards for them all…

That’s where you come in!  Who’s done something nice for you lately?  What’s an occupation that you think is under-appreciated in our society?  Thank somebody with a little card, or just a few kind words, and you can be one of those people that others appreciate, too!

 

Free at last!

Greeting card, papercrafting, stamping
Your kindness is always appreciated!

The long-anticipated day finally arrived – I am officially retired!

All my life I thought it was sad that so many of us go through life working at a job we don’t necessarily like, just because we have to, and wishing impatiently for the weekend/next day off/vacation.

I hear that the millennial generation feels very strongly about finding work they can be passionate about, and where they can actually make a difference.  But that’s not unique to them.  Wouldn’t most of us like to spend our time doing something fulfilling, while knowing that we were leaving the world a better place because of what we did?

We don’t always have the luxury of waiting for the perfect job.  But as human beings, we can make a difference in the world, one day at a time, one person at a time.

Practice kindness.  Tell someone they’re appreciated.  Offer help when you can.  Smile at people.

We’re all in this together.  And you never know what little gesture or word of encouragement may inspire someone to “pay it forward,” or to go on to do great things that benefit us all.

Psst — Pay It Forward!

I make little thank you cards to hand out when someone gives me good service or is very cheerful in dealing with me.  And to “spread the love,” the message inside the card encourages the recipient to pass it on to someone else.  Please, copy and share this idea! 🙂