This morning a post from the blog Jack’s Winning Words and a little inspirational quote that I’ve had laying around for a while just seemed to fit together to express what I wanted to say.
Jack’s post – “Many people need someone on the totem pole below them.” (Dr J’s mom) A “totem” is a family, or a group, and a totem pole is a way of telling something about that group, using images. Typically, the most important person or thing is at the top. That’s the way most of society is structured today. But, some poles have the most important person on the bottom, supporting all of the others. Biblically, the humble are the strong. “Blessed are the meek, etc.” 😉 Jack
And the little quote from my files – “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” —Booker T. Washington
We all strive to be at the top of the totem pole, but only a few ever make it that high, so I really like the thought about the importance of the people holding (lifting up) those above them. It brings to mind the strong people at the bottom of human pyramids, whether it be a high-wire act or a groups of cheerleaders. While the spotlight may focus upon those at the top of the pyramid, it is the people below them on the totem pole that make it possible. Truly great people who make it to the top never forget that; and, those who do forget eventually topple from their lofty positions.
For the truly blessed, it is sufficiently satisfying to and uplifting to be one of the people lower on the totem pole who gets satisfaction out of doing their job well, so that others above them can succeed. They lift up others and out of that are lifted themselves. That same feeling of satisfaction comes from helping others around you who need help. When you follow your heart and do what you know is right to help others the reward is the warm glow of satisfaction in your heart. That is the uplift that you get from lifting up someone else.
There are always many people volunteering to be at the top of the totem pole. I find it most uplifting to find volunteer jobs that others may not want to do and volunteering to do them. Usually those are the jobs that nobody sees. Those are the jobs that don’t make it onto the evening news. Those are the jobs for which no trophies or medals are given out; but they are also the jobs that can be most uplifting to do. Those jobs are almost always near the bottom of the totem pole and they usually involve serving others in some way. Most are behind the scenes; but, what is goin
g on out front (at the top of the totem pole) could not get done unless someone at the bottom holds the whole pole up. Find things like that that need to be done and volunteer. You will be surprised how rewarding it feels to hold up your end of the totem pole.