I posted a comment on my Facebook page the other day that started me thinking...the comment is: If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in the dark with a mosquito.
I’m sure we’ve all been in that predicament. You’re in bed, trying to get to sleep, and you hear that familiar, high-pitched whine...and you know you are not alone. Funny how the thought of just that tiny mosquito can overtake your need for sleep.
But that’s just it...that tiny mosquito is not too small to be effective.
So I began to think...who do I know in the community who does small, maybe unnoticed things on a daily basis, who deserves a pat on the back? I’m sure we all know people like that. And I’d like to hear from you.
If you know someone who is that “mosquito in the dark,” doing small but highly-effective work, give me a call at 627-7649 or shoot me an e-mail. I’d love to do a story on him or her.
As for me, I thought about our office. We all work hard – we are a very small staff and we do a lot with a little. Everyone certainly deserves kudos.
But I immediately thought of one person in particular...Mary Williams. In fact, as I write this column, Mary is celebrating her birthday.
Mary does a lot of little things that go unnoticed each and every day. She is often the first person to greet you when you call or visit our office. She handles a lot of small and large tasks, and I don’t think any of us thank her very often, if at all.
So this is my shot.
There are a lot of things I appreciate about Mary, but I think the thing I most enjoy is when she puts on her “Mother Mary” hat...those times when she gives motherly advice to others, both to staff and those who visit us. Or when she gently guides us...so gently, we don’t even know we’re being guided. And those times when she silently prays for us...yes Mary, I know you do.
We’re not the first group in which Mary has worn this hat. She wore it often during her previous job as well, and she’s worn it outside the office in her everyday life. She’s told me of times she counseled coworkers, offered clothing or other needed items to those in need or even became the referree in some squabbles.
There have been some days I was “having a moment,” and not in the best mood, for whatever reason. One kind word or smile from Mary was all it took to make it all better.
Small acts, big results. It’s something mosquitoes – and Mary – understand.
So Mother Mary, from all of us, thank you for looking after us.Our office is a much kinder, gentler place because of your sweet spirit and presence.