Special People

I Am Only A Cleanner

I heard a lady say the other day “I am only a cleaner I don’t usually tell people my line of work”.  It is terrible that a human being should feel like that in this day and age.

Those who keep our hospitals, school and offices clean often do not get the respect that other workers receive.  Yet, if we stop to think for a moment, they are probably the most important group of people in the community.  Just imaging the cleaners disappeared into thin air.  The NHS would have to close its doors or run the risk of patients not coming back out because they have caught one deadly infection or another. 

I remember sitting in a waiting room of a hospital and the staff were in a panic.  It turned out that a senior member of management was paying a visit.  One hospital sister was in a frenzy ordering an elderly cleaner to dust and sweep here there and everywhere.  After the dignitary was introduced to all and sundry he turned away, and I heard him say “Hi Mary, I thought you would have retired by now”.  He turned to the others and said “With out Mary and others like her we would be out of a job”.  Then, before continuing on his rounds, he said to Mary, “If we both have time later; we can have a coffee and a chat”.

The more we appreciating the value of each other the more smoothly our society and communities will run. 

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We are in the middle of the entertainment awards season.  Awards for almost every part of cinema, stage, arts and the music industry.  In my book sickening spectacles and it shows so clearly that today’s society worships money, glamour and status rather than taking pride in all who strive to do the best they can under difficult situations.

Recently an avalanche of complaints on social media because refuse collections are late or even in some areas have been cancelled.  But when these services run smoothly is there any praise for the refuse workers who toil in all weathers for a low wage?

I have known individuals who have spent many years standing on street corners or knocking on doors in all weathers collecting for worthy charities.  Often getting abuse.   Yet where are they when awards are being handed out?  Not that they are looking for awards.  The awards go to some well-paid person at the top of the charity tree.

There will be those who will say as a Spiritualist that I should not judge – but by not speaking up, we will drop further into the mire of worshiping some and ignoring others.  No wonder suicide is on the rise these days as the society we have created makes so many feel worthless.

I am going to dedicate this page to the unsung heroes who give up so much to help others who are less fortunate than themselves.  I will often not mention them by name as they prefer to work quietly and unnoticed rather than being in the glare of a spotlight.