Of course, for some of us this is harder than for others. You definitely deserve a warm ovation if you start every day with a child who has a disability—physical, intellectual, or emotional—or with a child who is ill or in trouble. If your spouse is abusive or addicted. If you face every day with your own illness or pain and you do as much as you can. In fact, you’ve earned an ovation just for trying.
We need to cheer on those who live in poverty, people who are hungry or cold or lonely, and we should applaud those who serve them. The caretakers and relief workers and volunteers and providers should all stand up and take a bow. We should clap our hands for the people who grow and prepare our food, for the ones who collect our garbage and clean our offices, for those who teach our children, for the ones who protect our country.
I believe that we are all entitled to an ovation whether we bear our own suffering with courage or reach out to help others bear theirs.
Take a bow…
…this ovation is for you.
Who have you cheered for today?
“My life is a stage, and as my life goes on
I will continue acting and the day I die
I will bow and wait for my standing ovation.”