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Honoring Those In The Background Of Our Lives


Today is Boxing Day, and although we do not observe this holiday in the United States, I love the sentiments associated with the tradition of giving gifts of appreciation to the people who provide services to us and to our communities. For me, this day is a wonderful reminder to express my gratitude for those who make it possible for my family and me to have the necessities and comforts of life.

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted
or take them with gratitude.”
—Gilbert K. Chesterton

On this Boxing Day, let us all take a moment to think about all the people whose services make our everyday lives more comfortable. Many of us are in the wonderful habit of expressing our gratitude to the people who are closest to us, and today I am suggesting that we turn our focused attention toward those people whose roles in our lives we might sometimes take for granted.

The list of people who operate in the background of our lives is virtually endless. A fun and eye-opening activity is to make a list of a few of the items we use and consume throughout the day, and trace back how those items made their way to us and who we have to thank for having these gifts. For example, the glasses I wear help me to see the words on this page, and if not for the ophthalmologist, the office receptionist, the eyeglass technician, the frame maker, the lens crafter, the delivery person, and so on, the words on my screen would be too fuzzy to read! So . . .

Thank you to all the people who make it possible for me to see the world in focus!

Of course we cannot go around personally thanking every single person who touches us in some way, but we can all take a few precious moments of our day to send loving intentions to these people by way of our Sacred Mantra or just by making a silent prayer of thankfulness for their services.

We can also choose a person or a few people today to whom we can verbally express our thanks and offer them gifts of appreciation, as many traditionally do. Even a beautiful note of thanks in a card will go a long way in helping someone feel appreciated and acknowledged for the work they do.

A Note of Thanks to those in Service Professions.
Thank you for making a difference in my life.
I may not always be aware of your dedicated service,
but I do know that my life is better because of your hard work.


About Barb Schmidt


Barb Schmidt Barb Schmidt is an international best-selling author, businesswoman, philanthropist, and spiritual teacher with over thirty years devoted to spiritual development and research. In 2001, Barb partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Peace Studies Program to promote dialogue in the greater community on the topic of inner peace. Additionally, she taught a class on meditation and spiritual practices as part of the life-long learning program at Nova University for five years. For the past ten years, she has been offering workshops and classes on spiritual practices throughout the world. A sought-after speaker, Barb regularly lectures at schools and organizations to spread her message of living a meaningful, happy life.