“God should have beloved the frequent folks, he made so a lot of them.” Typically attributed to Abraham Lincoln, the true origin of the assertion is unknown.
Whatever the creator, these phrases are simply as profound, simply as significant, simply as vital as any phrases written in President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Handle, his second inauguration speech or in his letter to Mrs. Bixby.
When talking these phrases, the creator was speaking concerning the overwhelming majority of the folks in america and on the planet.
The variety of celebrities within the leisure trade is minuscule compared to frequent folks. The recognition of celebrities is well-known; nonetheless, their significance to the world isn’t any higher than a “frequent individual.” Celebrities are idolized, however for what? As a result of they’re engaging? Possibly they’re, however any contribution they make to their very own household isn’t any extra vital than the contribution a “frequent individual” makes to his or her household.
A person who labors at a job 40 hours every week within the development trade and brings dwelling a paycheck to his spouse and kids is extraordinarily vital to that household. Simply ask any girl who has simply misplaced her partner to most cancers or all of the sudden in an accident how vital her husband was to her and her kids.
The overwhelming majority of us won’t ever be a celebrity skilled athlete, win an Olympic gold medal, write a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel or win a Nobel Prize for a life-altering discovery in medication or science. None of us frequent folks will stroll on the moon or be the president of america.
Give it some thought like this: Within the nearly 250-year historical past of america, there have solely been 46 males who’ve been president; solely 12 males have walked on the moon. The celebratory standing they loved was short-lived for many of these moonwalkers. Aside from the primary two males to stroll on the moon, are you able to identify any of the opposite 10 males?
As for me personally, I’ve no pure expertise. I can’t sing. I can’t dance. I can’t play a musical instrument. Though, I in all probability might study to be an ample dancer or musician with exhausting work and hours of follow, however the truth nonetheless stays that I do not need the pure expertise that Yo-Yo Ma has with a cello or the graceful, velvety voice of Nat King Cole or dexterity to bounce as fantastically as Fred Astaire and Michael Jackson.
All issues thought-about, I’m content material with being a “frequent individual,” and all of us must be as a result of, in actuality, all of us frequent persons are similar to George Bailey within the film “It’s a Great Life.” Whether or not we notice it or not, and in additional methods than we’ll ever know, all of us have “great lives” as a result of each day we make significant and important contributions to the lives of the folks round us.
— Papia lives in Metairie
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