DisneyDining.com recently posted a blog listing 10 Under Appreciated Walt Disney World Cast Members. I like it when people take the time to recognize people who provide service so essential to a business operation; people that are too often taken for granted. Sometimes these are people who we see occasionally or not at all. Sometimes they are people that are quite visible but often bear the brunt of angry or difficult customers or guests.
In one way blog posts or articles like this seem a bit strange to me. Strange because I was raised to see value and appreciate people for who they are, not what position they hold. Part of that stems from my heritage as the son of a hard-working, blue collar man and stay-at-home mom. The other part comes from how they raised me and my siblings. They instilled respect and appreciation of others. They didn’t care what your position in life was, they cared about who you were as a person. And that respect was returned. My parents received back the same honor and respect from all in the community, whether the mayor, other politicians, business people, educators – truly an example that when you show respect, it’s returned. They definitely modeled that. And so of course, as kids we picked up on that.
But I realize that far too many people did not have such respect and appreciation instilled in them. For our society, that’s really unfortunate, and so posts like this are such an important reminder.
Click the link. Read the list. Go find someone who may be overlooked and underappreciated and thank them for their work.
And may I add a thought? Be like my parents. Appreciate people for who they are, not what they are – at all levels of society. To quote Ellen Degeneres’ closing line, “be kind to one another.”