Sunday, February 3, 2013

A Shout-Out to Those in the Helping Professions


"We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don't know."  ~W.H. Auden

I want to dedicate today’s blog post to those in the helping professions. I have such a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for those who enter these fields. They do it not for notoriety, glory, and money (For these fields offer none of the three). But rather, they do it because they have an innate desire to help others. What a beautiful trait.

So this post is dedicated to:
The school teacher who takes the time to work with a student and makes the difference between that student going on to college, or dropping out of school
The firefighter who risks their life running into an engulfed home to save someone who is trapped.
The disaster relief worker who helps people when their homes, and lives, have been leveled.
The ER nurse who works a 24-hour shift in triage, comforting people in some of life’s most traumatic moments.
The social worker who dedicates their life to protecting children from child abuse.
The police officer who puts their life on the line every single day.
The Home Health Nurse that spends their day visiting elderly people in need.
The Red Cross worker who is the face of hope for people who so desperately need it.  
The EMT who spends every day responding to the scenes of accidents and saving lives.
The Hospice Care worker who provides comfort and solace during a family’s most difficult time.
These are but a few of many examples of the dedicated workers in the helping professions. So let us salute them on a job well-done and let us never pass up the opportunity to thank them.
Do you know someone who works in the helping professions? Have you ever been helped by someone in the helping professions?

120 comments:

  1. A very meaningful post. Yes, I have been helped / comforted by some of these people. They all DO definitely need a shout out and a thank you.

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  2. There's a talk show here where Dustin Hoffman appeared and prior to that a big story about him saving someone's life in Hyde Park. The guy suffered a heart attack and apparently Mr Hoffaman reacted very quickly and called the emergency services. Anyway! This was brought up on the talk show and to his eternal credit, Mr Hoffman paid tribute to the ambulance crew and hospital staff whom he said did most to save this guy's life and was most uncomfortable with the attention given to him and not to these unsung heroes/heroines!

    Yay!

    Take care
    x

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  3. Social worker here! (soon to be, sort of am right now...) I was just hired as a youth mentor and I am finishing up my last year of school for my degree. This is a really nice tribute and is much appreciated. These jobs are definitely not folks in it for the money.

    I can't tell you the number of times I've been helped by someone in a "helping" profession, especially years ago when I was a single mom with my daughter. (She's 20 now). If it weren't for people like this, I don't know where I would be... probably not in my last year of school eager to pay it forward, that's for sure! :)

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  4. Great post!
    Some people really make a great difference in other people's lives.
    Out of all the careers mentioned I've only been in contact with the teachers/professors and I can say that some of them are really wonderful. They communicate well with their students and want them to succeed.

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  5. A nice post. So true. Yes, I've been helped a time or two.

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  6. What a beautiful sentiment for a Sunday morning. I was a teacher before I resigned to be home with my daughter, and there are many teachers in my family. I guess the older we get, the more chance we have of being assisted by these helpers, too--ER nurses, hospice providers, etc.

    One night while I was sitting in CCD (I was probably in middle school), which I did NOT enjoy, our teacher told us something that she did that seemed so small, but I have done it ever since. She said that whenever she hears a siren, be it police, ambulance, or fire, she just says to herself, "Please help whoever is waiting for those sirens."

    My daughter is almost 3 and I just recently modified this for her, since she is old enough and smart enough to understand what the siren means. When we hear one now, we say "Bless the helpers and I hope everything is ok." It's short, and might not seem like much, but I believe it's helping her apply herself to the whole and to be thoughtful of others.

    I think sometimes people are quick to hate on those in the helping professions, but what a depraved world we would live in if no one was willing and inspired enough to make one of them his life's work.

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  7. So very true, they barely get any amount of money for all the hard work they put in, but keep on going at it and helping all.

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  8. thank you sir...you are right, none of the three in them but that is not the intention either...have been in helping professions most of my life...a teacher now, counselor before...i love my kids though....they give me such life...

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  9. Sort of a side category: medical missionaries. I've had the blessing of working with abroad in war zones. Courage has many faces and it's awesome to behold!

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  10. Nice post, Keith. I am a physician and I've worked in palliative care.

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  11. Very nice tribute to those in the helping professions. They do not get enough recognition for their selfless service.

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  12. This is such a beautiful post!

    Thank you for doing this, and shining a light on something which deserves more light being shone on... All in the Helping Professions.

    They are all kinda' super human, in a way. Hope they all have lots of personal support, "at home."

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  13. They are a blessings to family and the community ~ I am sincerely touched by the teaching profession though, they can make a difference to a young student or mind ~

    Happy Sunday to you ~

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  14. You reminded me of my favorite teachers. I guess I can never repay them. Their love, support and constant guidance taught me to live!

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  15. I love the helpers. I have been helped and inspired by many people who make the planet better. I am thankful and grateful for all who give their all.

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  16. great post.

    i'd add someone like my niece - finishing college this spring with a non-profit degree. has been volunteering/working at shelters since she was 14. wants to manage her own animal shelter someday...

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  17. You know, I've had a few people in my lifetime go out of their way to help me when the odds were against me doing anything with their help. There are a lot of people out there doing great things who aren't doing it for a living either. It's great when you can see people outlook together and help one another out. I tell you, a drowning man wouldn't worry about any trivial b.s. when someone is rescuing them.

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  18. Those kinds of professions are super important.

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  19. I love this. People are so focused on money that when I tell someone I have a Masters in Nonprofit Admin, and that I will never make any money and will be paying on my student loans for the rest of my life, I get a very confused look. They don't understand that people who go into this line of work are truly in it because they want to help other people. It is who they are. They feel this is what they were called to do. And the day they don't feel like that anymore is the day they need to find a new profession. People who work for nonprofits/social services truly go to work every single day loving their job and knowing that they are making a difference. Thanks for this post :)

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  20. Great post. Great quote by Auden. Caring isnt easy but it is so worthwhile.

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  21. I work in a helping profession, it's what I have always wanted to do and over the past decade I have helped a lot of children, young people and families, but they have also helped me in so many ways

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  22. Yes and yes! And sad that these people give their all, some risking their lives, making so little while pro athletes and movie stars make so much.

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  23. Negativity is so rampant in this shattered world that it's very refreshing to be reminded of all the positive things that people do. We very often take them for granted.
    My hat (my Texas cowboy hat) is off to all of those in the helping professions!

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  24. I volunteer in the helping professions and I can say, from my perspective, the helper is getting more than they give. Thanks for this post Keith.

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  25. Oh I love this post they are so deserving. Everyone of these jobs are challenging and so underrated. Great jobs to all.
    I especially related to the Hospice workers that is a job unfortunately I have seen in action and admire their strength. The need to help others regardless of money and such is a true gift. Great post. B

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  26. I met a fellow birder for the first time yesterday. She works with pregnant single mothers who are on welfare, helping them obtain work to get them on the path to self-sufficiency. She had to leave our bird walk early because one of her charges went into labor. That's dedication. I so admire people who choose professions like this. God bless them.

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  27. extraordinary people doing extraordinary things!!

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  28. I don't know anyone personally beyond my therapist but to me they are amazing people. Especially firefighters and policemen. To them saving lives might not mean much given how it's their job and all, but it means everything to the people they help.

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  29. These people are unselfish, caring, and dedicated individuals, and I could not agree with you more.Thank you for A really nice post.
    Regards.

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  30. I really appreciate this post today. As a retired educator, I am reminded of many children in whose lives I hoped to make a difference. Thank you!

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  31. Yes, I do - his name is John Grey and he keeps chickens.

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  32. I work for a software development company which creates the software used in 911 dispatch centers. I spent a day at one of the centers listening to the dispatcher taking calls. I have such a respect for the people who are able to do this day after day. I felt stressed to the max and I was just an observer.

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  33. A wonderful post. I am forever grateful to the doctors and nurses who looked after my husband when he had meningitis 12 years ago. I sometimes look at my 8 year old son and realise my life could have been very different.

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  34. Social workers, teachers, mental health folks, lots of non-profits, the people who don't get paid crap but still continue. Angels all.

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  35. What a nice tribute! We do need to thank these folks more often. My husband is a junior high and high school music teacher and I am very proud of what he does :)

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  36. Thanks for this tribute! I'm a mental health therapist. Sometimes it can be pretty thankless - but I'm happy there are people out there who recognize what we do. :-)

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  37. Wonderful post! I had some wonderful teachers and professors who not only made a difference in my life but inspired me to become a college professor as well. I'm no longer teaching, but I hope that I was able to help and inspire at least one student in the way that I was helped and inspired.

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  38. You have a beautiful blog Keith...I was reading down through your posts and they are all very considerate, loving and spiritual. You are a talented writer♥

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  39. Keith, time and time again I must tell you how much I love your inspiring and musing little site on the web!

    As an aspiring nurse, this little post touched my heart!
    Happy super bowl sunday!

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  40. When my mom had cancer surgery the nursing staff were so great with her.

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  41. You have an amazing heart, my friend.

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  42. My two daughters are both teachers, so any kudos to their profession is greatly appreciated.

    Have a great day...

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  43. My husband is a firefighter and emt. I'm thankful for the job he does. I will say too that I think he absolutely shines at what he says is his most important work, being a husband and father. And for that I am even more grateful.

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  44. My son is a doctor and he works all the time - on call every other night of his life - his family has to take a back seat - I appreciate that. sandie

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  45. What a lovely and much appreciated post, Keith! I have worked for organizations (non profit) that are there to help others, and as for myself, even though I am not currently working and am seeking employment, I do my best to help others by offering a listening ear, a kind word, a gentle touch and I try to post uplifting things on my blog that I hope will make others smile, laugh and/or see the positive things life has to offer. Great post!

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  46. Good post! Every time I hear a siren I am reminded of how fortunate we are that others have made the choice to be helpers.

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  47. I give a shout out to them also. I used to be one of those and a little gratitude goes a long way!

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  48. Thank you, Keith. I'm a teacher.

    Sometimes, we have no idea the impact we make until years later when we get an unexpected card in the mail, an email, a Facebook message, or someone who walks up to us while we're standing in line to vote and says, "I don't know if you remember me, but you were my favorite teacher."

    Those moments keep me going.

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  49. Thanks for this, Keith. We need to remember those who are there for us even when we don't realize it.

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  50. Psych nurse doing nights ... love my patients ... love my profession ...

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  51. thank you for this post! a little appreciation and acknowledgment goes a long long way...

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  52. Yes and yes. I have watched my daughter sacrifice to teach for years.

    She teaches 5 courses a semester and also counsels graduate students all for less than $35,000 a year. She works at home, every night of the week, reading and grading papers.

    She could take her degree and make a lot more money but she loves to teach and she especially loves working with ESL students!! So her income is low and her work load is incredible.

    Our other daughter is a nurse and worked as a volunteer EMT for years and years.

    I myself have been helped by many of the people you have in your list and have my life to thank dome of them for.

    Thank you for writing this and recognizing these wonderful people! Please don't forget to thank yourself too!!

    I hope you have a great week. I am spending the week playing catch up!!

    Awesome post...I am so so glad I found your blog!!

    Peace my dreamer friend!

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  53. Very nice blog. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment on my blog. I truly appreciate it.

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  54. I have, and you can't thank these folks enough. Great post.

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  55. These people do have a special place in our lives !!!

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  56. oh YEAH!



    Sending YOU Aloha
    from Honolulu,
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  57. My mom and dad are both teachers! I am so proud of them. They even spend more time in school rather than to be home, but we totally understand. Passion in teaching is perhaps what drives them...:)


    xx!

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  58. Nice list. I was a school teacher for the best part of 20 years. In the end the flow was all one way, and I had to find space (and a helping professional!) to bring me back onto an even keel. So, I'd add people who listen with a professional ear to your list.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  59. Amen to this, a worthy tribute to them all.

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  60. I totally agree with Dave - what a worthy tribute to these amazing people!
    They must be highly developed Souls...I think such selflessness would quickly burn out most people.
    They have my deepest admiration :)

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  61. What a great tribute. I have a home health nurse that visits me Mon thru Friday. Without her, I don't know what I would do. So a big shout out to my lady Carolyn Franklin. She helps so many people and enjoys it so much.

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  62. Amen to this!

    I have family members who are fire fighters, EMTs, military and teachers and now my children are following in their footsteps. What a great post! Thank you so much.

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  63. Great post! I recognize that I am too selfish and impatient to take on these roles, but I absolutely respect and admire those who can and do. :)

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  64. As an educator, this post is greatly appreciated. Many people do not understand the amount of dedication it takes to stick with this profession. You see kids from all walks of life- affluent, poverty-stricken, multiple ethnicities and a rainbow of personalities.

    Also, we sometimes forget the risk our first responders take in saving the lives of others. So to all the people in the "Helping" professions- I salute you too!

    Thank you for this post!

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  65. Do librarians count? ;)
    I've admired nurses time and time again. Once I thought about becoming a nurse, but I cry too easily. These selfless and caring people should be rewarded daily. Thank you for doing what a lot of us wish we could but chose not to.

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  66. Those in the "caring" professions demonstrate humanity's empathy on a daily basis, and certainly deserve praise. They are the beacons of hope for all of humanity. Nice post

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  67. Bravo! Those that help others do not get nearly enough recognition! I am grateful every day to those that give their spirit and time to help others ~
    Nathalie

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  68. Such an awesome and wonderful post Keith! We just cannot thank these people enough! There are many people that I have known that were nurses.....and they have been a wonderful help to me in my life. :-)

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  69. Love this post, I am thankful for all these wonderful people!

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  70. I sure have and still do, thank for this beautiful post! and Thank God for all the Love these people must keep to keep on going

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  71. If it wasn't for these helping professionals we all would be in a lot of trouble! They can be the most caring people! Great shout-out! They deserve it!!

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  72. This was so lovely. Seriously. Thanks for this. I know I've been on the receiving end of such amazing people, and it's literally saved our lives... <3

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  73. What a wonderful reminder. Thank you!

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  74. one of my most cherished friends volunteers with the Red Cross-she has gone to such disasters as 9-11 and a lot of earthquakes and hurricanes. She is a Clinical Psychologist so she debriefs voulunteers and survivors. Amazing person. I am very proud of her!
    Great post- we forget about these wonderful people.

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  75. We have a couple of those types of workers in our family. Hear hear to them all!

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  76. Thank you for recognizing those in the giving professions. I have quite a few family members and friends who hold those jobs, and they don't get near the recognition they deserve. In today's world it is all about the celebrity and praising them, which I find sad.

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  77. Great article, Keith, and oh so relevant. Gratitude is so important, and people can sometimes forget the value of these services. Many of my friends and family are in these areas of work. Time to appreciate the talents and gifts of everyone, and share them.

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  78. Yes, I know a lot of people in these sorts of positions. I've attended several Emergency Management of Georgia conventions, and as you say, none of these people are in those jobs for the big bucks. Or for a low-stress life.

    Great post!.

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  79. Too often are these people not appreciated for the kind of work they do, nor for the kindness in their hearts. Teachers especially, I think, are not thanked enough or appreciated these days. Thank you for this post, I enjoyed it.

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  80. I have been blessed to have a few of these people in my life at one time or another. I would also add my pastor.

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  81. 2/4/'13

    Thank you so much for your comment in my blog today. Your words, make my heart sing.

    "Auntie"

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  82. Such a sweet post! I work as a counselor at a residential treatment center for abused girls and I love it. It's great to feel like you are truly making a difference in someone's life on a daily basis. You are right, it is definitely not for the glory or the money!

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  83. amen!!! these are the hardest jobs in the world, i think, but also the most rewarding.

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  84. So true. Our town largely avoided a recent flooding disaster due to the diligent efforts of professionals and volunteers, day and night at the critical times.

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  85. I would like to take a moment to thank our pediatrician, who is my personal friend and fellow "dance mom". We began using her services last year after her practice joined my hospital employer, so we have no deductible or copays to see her. She is a part time physician who home-schools her 4 children, an somehow manages to take care of my children too. In the short time we've been with her, she has cured four infections, immunized two of my three kids, took care of a broken limb, and gotten one child's depression and another child's ADHD under control. This woman is so amazing she even lets me instant message her on facebook and answers me even at 10 pm, if I need something like a prescription refill or advice on a medical issue. I am so grateful she came into our lives, when our girls all started on dance team 5 years ago. As a single mom, it is especially a blessing to have a support like this for my kids. I don't know what I would do without her.

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  86. When my grandmother passed away 2 years ago we had a wonderful hospice nurse who explained each phase of the act of dying, and what each one meant. It was fascinating, but also strangely comforting. She took such care to make sure my grandmother was comfortable, and encouraged us to talk to her, stroke her hair, hold her hand. I felt like we helped her ease out of this life and into the next in a way that made her aware that she was loved, but that it was ok to go.
    While I am so involved with helping my elderly aunt get on her feet, I am constantly aware of the wonderful people surrounding her and encouraging her each day. They have such patience and so much cheer. It's so good for her to be surrounded by such wonderful people.

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  87. People who serve day-in and day-out are amazing. Thanks for taking the time to recognize them!

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  88. A beautiful post indeed. And something to think about... It's a difficult job to work with people who suffer but it must be also extremely rewarding for those who do it if their patients' situation is improved even a little bit.

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  89. Yes and yes. This type of person (selfless) has an energy that resonates high above most other peoples. They're kind of like angels in the flesh. :)

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  90. Keith, You have a good group, there. As I read, I thought of one more who helps...... the writers who send out positive rays of sunshine on their blogs, articles, and stories. I was thinking of you and the happy tone of your posts. You don't rant or preach but just project the favorable, worth while happenings that occur in our daily lives. You help people find something positive in themselves and others. Thank you

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  91. Nothing is possible without a service mind and they all deserve what mere words aren't enough to praise. I salute all those in the helping profession and you done a great tribute here :)

    All the best to you and others in the helping field!

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  92. I have the utmost respect for EMTs, people working in the ER or the ICU, and people in hospice. It's not something I could do. The nurses and doctors I've met have been so emotionally supportive. I'd be a train wreck after working in one of those places for a week.

    But I'd like to extend your definition of helping profession a little bit. I think customer service reps should be included, too. As anyone who has worked behind a counter can tell you, you sometimes get a lot of abuse from customers. Those service reps who keep a smile on their face day after day and do their utmost to be helpful to every customer deserve a pat on the back, too.

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  93. These people are often over looked, but shouldn't be. They are some of the bravest people out there, doing the hard things that not many others would dare.

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  94. Nicely written! You forgot soldiers who protect us! :)

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  95. Hi Keith,

    Such a fine and thoughtful list. And let's have shout-out for those who volunteer their time working with the homeless, the rough sleepers, those with mental health issues, the vulnerable, the disabled. And let's give a shout-out for those who support, display empathy and understanding within the sharing, caring blogging community. I'm discreetly in the background embracing support and being of support.

    Peace and positive wishes to you, Keith, to all of you.

    Gary

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  96. Beautiful, beautiful post. The unsung heroes. I second you. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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  97. A nice tribute to those helping professionals. I have a step daughter-in-law who is a nurse. She is a sweetie! Thanks for visiting my blog.... I'll be back soon...

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  98. Keith, thank you for your kind words, mate I appreciate it.
    I am being helped by medical professionals(OT-Nurses, specialists), on a regular basis - with their gentle touch, soothing words of support (mostly-lol), occupational-therapy - a thankless task - but I praise them daily! My son is a (in-training)-volunteer Fire-Fighter/EMS at our local brigade, and he loves it too!

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  99. I am so grateful for all those you mentioned and more, as well as parents who care for indiviuals with special needs. Wonderful post!

    Madison:)

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  100. Ah, yes, I know many teachers, nurses, doctors, social workers, and more. And if I was a stronger swimmer, I'd have been a rescue diver for the coast guard. Such courage by all who serve. Great post, Keith.

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  101. I know many people who fit into these types of roles but the one that I specifically thought of as I read your post is my cousin, who works for the Red Cross in New York and spent a lot of time away from her little boy after Hurricane Sandy. I'm thankful for all of those people who dedicate their lives to serving others, too. Great post!

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  102. An absolutely worthwhile shoutout -- we're thankful for these people.

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  103. i know a lot of teachers and both my mum and sister work in the health service in the UK :) helping professions are so important xxx

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  104. I'm a teacher, and what I need is a drink.

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  105. When I in high school I read the book "To Kill a Mockingbird" and from then on, I wanted to become a lawyer. Not for the money, not for the power-- but for the chance to stand up for someone who needed someone to stand in their corner.

    I think all of the prosecutors and public defenders in this country deserve a nod in their direction as well.

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  106. What a wonderful post.

    There are so many essential helpers out there that we often take for granted. And too many of them are so under-paid. EMS drivers come to mind. I've only had one short trip in an ambulance but I never forgot how kind and helpful the staff was that day. They helped so much.

    Great blog!

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  107. What a fantastic post. So many of these people do not get the thanks they truely deserve.

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  108. A wonderful post. We really should take time out to appreciate such dedication.

    On a slightly different scale, my friend trains dogs for the Canine Partners charity for disabled who live alone. I was amazed at what these dogs (mainly labradors) could actually do around the house!

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  109. What a lovely post. These people do amazing work and it is great that you have taken the time to acknowledge them. :)

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  110. Hear Hear!! I do not think they get enough credit, so this is much needed!

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  111. Lovely post Keith. I'm remiinded of the short piece of advice: "The only time that you should look down on someone is in order to give them a hand up"

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  112. I love all these people in these professions... currently I am putting a huge shout out to the nurses that are run off their feet and always come with a smile. I have such admiration for them.

    Awesome post as usual Keith :)

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