Ever since tribes gathered around campfires to celebrate the hunt or harvest, people have been honoring their peers. We love to celebrate what’s good about the journey.
May is Honors month when you have children in school…within the past week, there were accolades circling the Bloomington Batz family: National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Guild of St. Lucia, Jussi Bjorling Society and more. As parents, we’re always proud of our children – parents are supposed to think their kids are special. It’s when other people think our kids are special that causes us to reflect. Especially when peers and teachers alike lift them up as examples of what’s good in the world.
Growing up, I never took much pride in my studies. I got better grades in college than high school because I could pick both my subjects and my professors. The smartest thing I did was to marry someone who got good grades! This past Saturday, my son Ben and I sat together at the Honors Day ceremony where Kathryn Anne Batz was honored several times by her professors and peers. (Mom would have loved the ceremony. She was overseas meeting our newest nephew. Anna was home being a teenage girl!)
But, alas, formal schooling is almost done for Ben and Katie…and I’m reflecting. Very soon they will both discover the annual May honors ritual will be drying up. College will end and the rest of life will begin. After opening a couple of paychecks that thrill will wear off…and they will soon discover that so many people work hard, dedicate themselves and do good things — and they don’t get to hold the yellow rose.
Then one day it will hit them: the biggest honor is to earn a client’s trust. Or to be given a meaty assignment because someone believes you will get the job done.
Good leaders know the importance of honoring the people in our lives who represent what’s good — and they teach others the honor in earning trust by a job well done.
Drop me a note and share with me one of the ways you feel honored in your work.