There is a great deal of material written about and attention given to leaders. One of the burdens of leadership is often summarized in the phrase “It is lonely at the top.” There are many times when a leader needs to step forward and decide. The leader has gathered all the input, sorted through the data, and then at some point a decision needs to be made. There is that moment of decision when the burden is only fully felt by the leader. This is when a leader confronts that cold reality that it truly is “lonely at the top.”
However, today’s message is not about the “leader,” but about the often-underappreciated role that most of us play…The role of serving to get the job done. Mostly out of the spotlight, behind the scenes, and without the typical fanfare that comes with the lonely role at the top. Similar to an offensive lineman blocking for a great running back or providing protection for a great quarterback to find the open receiver, many of us do our job faithfully day in and day out without being in the spotlight.
As we look to be our best for those we care about most at home, work, and in our community, the commitment to keep moving forward in the quiet role of service to a cause bigger than ourselves will set a positive example for others to follow.
Although many times underappreciated, there is something extremely honorable about the commitment of those who get the job done in our workplace, our communities, and our homes. A tremendous example is quietly set by those getting up on a cold, dark morning and getting the job done on a consistent basis that is worthy of appreciation, but so often goes without it. It does not matter what role we play; whether we get up and load boxes into a truck, pack a lunch for children, sit and hold grandchildren, or plan the strategy for an organization. The day in day out choice we make to get up and get going despite going underappreciated for not just days, but perhaps years, is worthy of praise and honor.
Truth be told, our most underappreciated examples of honorable, quiet service most often occur with those closest to us in our homes and extended family.
We may not realize it, but those around us, whether they are our children, our coworkers, or our neighbors are all impacted by our example to serve. Individuals in high-level positions often earn praise, as well as criticism, for their service. However, the day-to-day example of those in quiet service beyond the spotlight to a cause bigger than themselves and honorably fulfilling their commitments are to be given the highest praise for their impact is positive and lasting on those around them.
All of us, at certain points in our journey across the various roles we play, will feel underappreciated for our efforts. Whether it is an insensitive spouse, a young adult going through that “know it all” phase, a preoccupied boss, or selfish coworkers, we all will go through times of service where we just feel underappreciated.
In most cases, especially in the home, the tide does eventually turn. The insensitive spouse or the “know it all” young adult eventually has that “light-bulb” moment when they realize the quiet service that has been delivered faithfully over the years. However, if they do not, it is important that we do not lose our drive to deliver on our commitments to do our job and fulfill our obligations. Continuing to move forward in quiet service is the right thing to do.
If you have felt underappreciated for a while, take this writing as a little “pat on the back” of encouragement for a job and an example well done. In addition, we all should do some self-reflection and see if we are that insensitive spouse, “know it all” young adult, preoccupied boss, or selfish co-worker and start today to put forth some encouragement and recognition to those who are in honorable, quiet service around us.
As we keep moving forward in quiet service out of the spotlight, we will continue to build and strengthen our character, and Character Creates Opportunity for us to have a positive impact in our world and on those closest to us.
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