Acknowledgement of an achievement; is this what life is all about?
Don’t know if it is the time of year or just a group of award shows on television but we sure like to pat our selves on the back.
Were we that good?
There are awards for best music, movies, television, sports, sales, driving, horses, sheep, looking, fashion…. The list goes on and on.
So after we have accomplished something special like a perfect attendance in school or prom king or most likely to get knocked up before graduation, we get a piece of paper or a badge or button or ribbon or a really nice hunk of wood with your name engraved on a piece of metal or a silver cup or chalice or a painting on the wall.
Employers immediately forget last year and turn to the ‘what have you done for me lately?’ Even the movie stars fade away.
The highest most prodigious awards like the Olympics gold metal winners or record breakers will someday be passed by and forgotten.
Like many other high points in our lives, we forget the words to our favorite song or the names of our lost loves or why we hang onto all of this trash. That was then and this is now.
Having memorabilia around to remind us of when we were great is as phony to our hopes that old school mates will come by and put flowers on our graves for that long pass during homecoming game.
Still your name might wind up in the Wikipedia database so people can see how important you were with a footnote.
Winning could just be a simple act of kindness.
It may not get you to the finish line first or get you an award but will be remembered.