Wednesday, January 22, 2014

An act of kindness can go a long way

Acts of kindness occur too rarely in our community.  It's understandable, as we all get caught up in our busy lives and we all have things to do.  But we often overlook those who perform the valuable services which make it possible to live in a nice place like Four Corners.  People such as garbage collectors, construction workers, and other maintenance personnel make our lives easier everyday, even if we don't realize it.

In my household, giving hot coffee to the garbage men on cold days has been a long standing practice (we also give them Gatorade in the summer).  These guys ride ride around on the back step of their trucks all morning without breaks, lifting heavy loads every few seconds.  They don't have much time to warm up in the cab of the truck between runs, so they spend most of their day in the cold.  By the time they get to your house, they have probably been outside for a couple hours.

Coffee for the garbage men.  Note says "It's cold outside! This coffee is for you."  
The tree trimmers and WSSC contractors who have been working in the area lately are in similar situations.  Their work demands that they be outside in weather most of us wouldn't want to be out in.  These people keep our lights on, and our water flowing, yet they are commonly viewed as a disruptive nuisance to the serenity of our neighborhoods.  They also have few opportunities to warm up indoors while they are on the job, and they spend most of the day on their feet.

WSSC contractors at work in the cold.
It's supposed to stay cold over the next few days.  If you see someone at work outside in your neighborhood over the coming days or weeks, offer them a hot drink or snack.  If you don't have time to do that because you're rushing to get to work, a quick "thank you" also goes a long way.  If you find yourself thinking "my taxes are high enough, I don't need to thank them" remember: these people have to pay their taxes too.  They're doing jobs most of us would prefer not to do, and they're making our lives easier because of it.  We should thank them when we get the chance.    

Tree trimmers keeping power lines clear.  

1 comment:

  1. ...I might add that it's a nice idea to tip your trash/recycling guys at Christmas time. They're the hardest working guys out there.