A Little Recognition For The Numerous Who Are Taken-For-Granted

Updated on April 15, 2016
Sanitation workers.
Sanitation workers. | Source
Our much-needed Armed Forces.
Our much-needed Armed Forces. | Source

This is an experiment.

And I am hoping for good results. I would hope for "great" results, but I am a realist at heart. If you are an adult living in the real world living a real life, you must have heard some of these phrases at one time or the other:

  • "Hey, making coffee? Let "Ol' Mitchie Boy" make it. He's been making coffee for this office for years.
  • "Let "Mr. Reliable," do the job."
  • "We can always count on you, "The Office Fixture."

Those hearing phrases such as these are at first, ecstatic, filled with jubilation and feeling needed. But as the new car smell inside a new car fades over time, so do these feelings inside those who we have named "Mr. Reliable," and such.

Through this gate lies a "Farmer's Paradise."
Through this gate lies a "Farmer's Paradise." | Source
Pastors are always among the "taken-for-granted."
Pastors are always among the "taken-for-granted." | Source

My experiment goes like this:

I am going to finish writing this short piece to show that "I" appreciate everyone who belongs to the "Taken-For-Granted," who we see each morning or evening. We nod, smile, and go about our business as if nodding and smiling were a priceless gift being given to these tough, hard-working men and women that we have for years, sadly and shamefully, taken for granted.

The "good" results that I am hoping to harvest are to make "one" sanitation worker, college professor, police officer, firefighter, pastor and other professionals feel good about what they are doing in our world that should belong to "them," for they and their forefathers and ancestors helped to shape and build it.

Yes, ad agency copywriters are taken for granted.
Yes, ad agency copywriters are taken for granted. | Source

What does it really feel like?

I would love to know if you and I "really" know how it feels to be taken-for-granted? Not just once in awhile, but every day that we come into our offices, do our jobs the best of our abilities, do what is required of us and go home?

I do not think we do. The best way I can describe being taken-for-granted is: "A slow gnawing in the pit of our stomach. Just a small nibble at first, then biting a little harder with each passing day until we are so lost in our own fog of being neglected that we find ourselves not caring about our jobs and more sadly, ourselves."

Sanitation workers, I salute you.

We would be in deep trouble if it were not for these highly-trained and skilled police officers.
We would be in deep trouble if it were not for these highly-trained and skilled police officers. | Source

So what do we do?

There has to be a logical, sensible solution to how "we" feel. I personally worked for over 23 years in the weekly newspaper business and sure, being true to my human feelings, I felt taken-for-granted a lot of the time toward the latter months of my career.

This sad and yet, very-strong feeling just ambushed my emotions one night as I sat there alone staring into my computer hoping that the display ad that I was designed would make that client happy and continue to do business with us.

Still, although the ad client's feelings were of my top concern, what about "my" feelings? Who might I tell in an adult manner to find relief for how I was feeling? I never found the answers to my questions.

Nurses and doctors.
Nurses and doctors. | Source
Motivational speakers.
Motivational speakers. | Source
Business leaders.
Business leaders. | Source
College professors.
College professors. | Source

My experiment is over

This hub is very short, but to-the-point. I have made my point. I, as professional athletes, and hey, I forgot them, but not on purpose. "thank you, too," have "left it all on the field," or "in this hub," in my case.

I repeat what I would love to happen when those I have mentioned or talked about, the professionals in the "taken-for-granted," read this and I pray that only ONE reads this for I strive to not be greedy.

"You, my professional friend, are Very Appreciated and Needed in our daily lives. I ask you now to forgive me for not writing this piece earlier."



So here is "my" solution:

To the questions that I asked myself many dark, cold nights alone in the office designing ads while the other staff members were with their families, enjoying their lives and just relaxing with a good film or a good, long talk with their spouses and children.

What I am going to do right now is offer . . .

A Little Recognition For The Numerous Who Are Taken-For-Granted

"Thank You Sincerely . . ."

  • Teachers.
  • College professors.
  • Sanitation workers.
  • Motivational speakers.
  • Pastors.
  • Preachers.
  • Evangelists.
  • Street sweepers.
  • Asphalt spreaders.
  • Police officers.
  • Members of The Armed Forces.
  • F.B.I. employees.
  • Cell phone employees.
  • Ad copywriters.
  • Postmen (men and women).
  • Postal workers.
  • Doctors and nurses.
  • Bankers.
  • Roofers.
  • Farmers.
  • Office workers.
  • Writers. (including All of My HubPages Followers).
  • Funeral directors.
  • Therapists.
  • Psychiatrists.
  • Poets.
  • Musicians.
  • Fishermen (and women).
  • Daycare workers.
  • Airline pilots.
  • Flight attendants.
  • Air Traffic Controllers.
  • C.P.A.'s.
  • Members of The A.S.P.C.A.
  • Landscapers.
  • Lawn care professionals.
  • Probate judges.
  • Civil Court judges.
  • Baliff's.
  • Lifeguards.
  • Newspaper delivery personnel.
  • Newspaper, magazine employees.
  • Radio, television employees.
  • Billboard advertising employees.
  • Truck drivers (men and women).
  • Cooks, chefs.
  • Waitresses.
  • Security guards.
  • Comedians.
  • Circus clowns.
  • File clerks.
  • CEO's.
  • Owners of HubPages.
  • HubPages employees.

and Everyone who through my human ability to unintentionally forget, I really thank you!"

Questions & Answers


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      • kenneth avery profile image

        Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


        Wow! And you are so welcome. 30 years is something you should be very proud of. I salute you. I checked my list again above and was Glad that Police Officers were listed.

        I know that I have overlooked some professionals, but I did not mean to.

        And I am thankful for you having a job, which seems more like a calling than a job, right? I prayerfully wish you My Best.

        In 2003, I worked for our local Mental Health Association and did some of what you do, but for recovering drug addicts.

        I learned more about myself than I had counted on.

        So glad for my short time at this place.

        Keep up the great work.


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        Carl Eastvold 2 years ago from Duluth

        Thank you! As a retired police officer - being taken for granted was par. For the last year, I've taken on a very enjoyable job - two days a week. I drive a van which delivers residents of assisted living and nursing homes - to hospitals, clinics, and dental appointments. My clients and I have a great time. Most of them are hungry for conversation - and I've learned much. For 30 years - no one was happy to see me coming. Now everyone is happy to see me coming. Don't get me wrong. I am very proud of my years of service as a cop. I was very good at it. It's an honest job - if you're honest.