By Nancy Virden (c)2020
We understand and perhaps hold thankless jobs. Due to stay-at-home orders and social distancing, the lives of most of us are far more dependent on the kindness of strangers than before. Not all workers of essential businesses are in healthcare. How about saying thank you to those who might typically be ignored? Suggested hashtags are below.
Truck drivers: As per usual, without these men and women on the road, we would be at a loss to find the food or much of anything else we need. #truckdriverheroes
Factory workers: Some factories support other essential businesses such as manufacturing parts for semi-trucks or creating ventilators. Can you put a shout out for these people on social media? #Factoryheroes
Utility employees: We have electricity, clean water, and natural gas appliances still working. This does not happen without the myriads of faithful people going to work and risking infection every day. Leave a thank you on your next payment or send them a note. #utilityheroes
Sanitation workers: Some societies used to allow sewage to run openly down the streets. The garbage was allowed to pile up drawing vermin and bugs. If you are glad this is not happening on your block during the coronavirus crisis, leave a note of thanks on your trash cans. Send a gratitude note to your local sewer department for all the essential workers. #sanitationheroes
Other hospital employees: By all means, thank those doctors and nurses who are placing their lives on the line to save us. They are not working alone. Behind them are administrators, orderlies, aides, public relations specialists, dietary staff, infection and quality control personnel, maintenance staff, radiologists, physical, speech, and other therapy specialists, psychiatric care staff, laboratory technicians, social workers, and pharmacists. Let anyone you know in these lines of work how much you appreciate them. Send a note to each department if you have the means. #hospitalsupportheroes
Internet and phone servicers: I don’t know about you, but I’ve no idea how I would be doing without the internet or phone service at this time. Not all of those employees can work from home. Let’s send those workers a big thanks for keeping us connected. #connectionheroes
Postal carriers: Touching our mailboxes, handling our mail, greeting us in-stores – these people are helping to keep our nation and economy running. If you make a trip to the post office, say thank you. Leave a note on your mailbox. #Postofficeheroes
Delivery and ride-share drivers, bus and taxi drivers: Many of us need transportation, certainly workers do. Our deliveries arrive because someone is willing to leave their home and be at work with the public. Say a meaningful thank you when you meet these people. #driverheroes
Will you share with us more heroes unmentioned here? Comments always welcome.
Today’s Helpful Word
Hebrews 13: 20-21
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Always the Fight Ministries (ATFM) has been displaying compassion for those fighting mental illness, addiction, or abuse since 2012. Nancy is the founder and voice of ATFM and openly shares her emotional resurrection from despair.
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