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Thank you for all you do

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By Optic Editorial Board

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

— Albert Einstein

We tend to take one another for granted. We take it for granted that water is going to come out of the faucet when we turn the knob each day for our morning showers. We take for granted that the school bus driver is going to be in front of our house bright and early each morning to take our kids to school. We take for granted that police officers and firefighters are going to be out there each day keeping us safe. Or that sanitation workers are going to pick up our garbage once a  week. We even take it for granted that doctors and nurses are going to be there at the local hospital at 3 o’clock in the morning when we have an ache or nosebleed that just can’t wait until 8 a.m. Or that county road crews are going to be out a 9 p.m. on a Thursday clearing a mudslide from a busy county road so that people will be able to get to work in the morning.

That’s the human condition.

We get so caught up in our own lives that we rarely stop to think about the many people out there who make our lives better in ways both big and small. Like the teacher who goes out of her way to teach your child how to multiply. Or the coach who pushes your child to excel on the football field. Or the Optic driver who wakes up at 2:30 a.m. three times a week to make sure that your newspaper is in your mailbox that afternoon. Or the Postal Service worker who actually delivers that newspaper, along with your other mail, to your house.

On this Labor Day, we ask you to think about all of the people in this community who work hard day in and day out to serve you: From the cook at McDonald’s to the PNM or Mora/San Miguel Electric Co-op worker who goes out in the middle of the night to take care of a power outage; from the bank or credit union teller who deposits your paycheck into your account every other Friday to the custodians who keep your offices and schools clean.

Whether you’re a blue collar worker or a white collar worker, this day is all about you. Highlands President Jim Fries is fond of saying that institutions don’t make things happen, people do. He is absolutely right.

To each and every one of you who contributes  to this community through your hard work, we at the Optic say thank you.