ASSOCIATES (2010, July, v. 17, no. 1)


Be It Ever So Humble…

Sue Knoche
Medical Library Assistant
ETSU Quillen College of Medicine Library, Johnson City, TN

As you enter one of the restaurants here in Tennessee, a sign above the door reads, “To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” A simple thought, but one that captivates your attention. An impressive reminder that we all make an impact on the world, or the people close to us. Too often we may take people for granted. At other times we may go overboard with undue praise to make someone feel loved, needed/wanted; but do we realize or need to be reminded at times how much we all contribute to the overall picture of life? Yes.

In my opinion, there are too many people who complain and not enough who give compliments. Think about it. When was the last time you or someone else you have noticed went to a manager or sales person in the store to say how much the service was appreciated? Rather than complaining about not having enough. We all need acknowledgement now and again of how significant we are and a kind word now and again makes us feel appreciated. In libraries for example, there are always people demanding this or that. These demands are responded to by the library staff and generally a simple “thank you for your help” is all one needs.

I am also reminded of individuals who do heroic acts or random acts of kindness on a regular basis and if asked why, they humbly say they were just doing the right thing. I believe sometimes we move too quickly and forget to appreciate the little things in life or the people who enrich our lives in so many ways through their actions. There are many great quotes/sayings that can be profound, enlightening, entertaining; and also bring home the concept that we all need to be appreciated, respected, recognized and the need to hear “thank you” or “well done” on a fairly regular basis.

Here are a few expressions/sayings/quotes that I like; but, if these don’t strike a note, just Google this topic for others: