I was watching a talk show recently…

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Rae Anthony

I was watching a talk show recently and the women on the panel were discussing a hot topic: a 72-year-old dishwasher,who worked at the same establishment for 54 years, was deemed “lazy” and “complacent” by many for not climbing the ‘ladder of success.’

At 72, many felt that he should have accomplished more and that he was foolish to turn down a higher paying job at that same establishment.

As much as I want to climb to the very top of the success ladder, I see nothing wrong with this man’s decision.

Many of us believe in pursuing the greater things in life but we must recognize that not everyone wants that. If someone has a passion for their job, no matter how ‘simple’ it is, then that is enough. This individual will give their job 100% and that alone is commendable.

Individuals should take pride in whatever they do: if you’re doing something, do it to the best of your ability and most importantly, be kind to others. Do not look down on another, or turn up your nose, just because you think that this individual is not good enough.

I remember the look of surprise on a friend’s faceyears ago, when I cleared my table at a fast-food restaurant. She reminded me that there were “workers for that,” but I reminded her that there was no harm in cleaning up after one’s self, and if I could make life a little easier for someone, then I should.

I admire the young men who push their wooden trolleys on the streets; those who walk around selling food, local juices and fruits—those who hustle hard and make an honest living. (I’m not referring to those who steal from others so that they make a quick buck.)

Some put pride aside, so that they can pay their bills and live comfortably. Some people will quickly say: “Me? I not doing that uh!”  Funny thing: some of these individuals who people look down upon, are living their ‘best life’: their bank accounts are healthy and their house just might be bigger than yours: don’t judge a book by its cover.

Some of these individuals are not where they want to be yet, thus they start small, so they can eventually reach a bigger goal. Meanwhile many persons judge away, condemning a 19-year-old boy for cutting grass, or selling fruits. We need to do better: encourage these individuals; let them know that they can climb that success ladder, slowly but surely. If this individual finds joy in selling fruits, however, and wants to do just that, then encourage them to be the best vendor, they can ever be!

Have a good weekend my loves.

Rae A.

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