Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Say ‘thank you’ this week

In mountain resort towns, a lot of people are always on the job helping others enjoy themselves. Many likely hear "thank you" from the people they serve every day.

However, many people labor in the background, some when the rest of us are sleeping, to ensure that our lives are safe, secure, healthy and educated.

Their honorable and valuable work is more often than not taken for granted by others even though our lives would be far poorer or even bleak without them.

In the celebratory spirit of the new year, we would do well to create—even for only a few days—an atmosphere of gratitude that is all too rare in a nation where bickering is common and an attitude of entitlement permeates life.

Extend thanks to the folks behind the scenes. Make a call, write a note or send an email if they're too hard to find and thank personally.

Make your own list, but here are a few people who deserve thanks to help get you started.

( Street department workers: Without them, we'd be driving and walking on sheets of ice interspersed with potholes.

( Water and sewer department workers: They keep healthy water flowing through taps and keep the Big Wood River clean.

( Power company troubleshooters: When the lights go out, these are the folks out in any weather trying to find the problem.

( Emergency dispatch workers: Firefighters and police don't show up without their work.

( Commercial cleaners: These night owls keep restaurants, offices, schools and stores from becoming dusty trash pits.

( Restaurant cooks and dishwashers: Unseen and unsung, they're the get-it-done crews behind our gustatory pleasures.

Or, how about the following: police officers on night patrol, delivery workers, stock clerks, health inspectors, land-use planners and engineers, agricultural workers and crisis-hotline counselors.

Who knows? A little "thank you" here and there could add up to a lot of positive appreciation and help change a world too often weighed down by negativity.

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