Monday, March 17, 2008

Appreciation feels good

It's not very often that you are appreciated for what you do. Or, should I say, it's not very often that I'm appreciated for what I do. Sometimes I feel like I just go through life, doing what I do... going to work, keeping up with the house, making meals, cleaning up, washing clothes, cleaning up, picking up J from where-ever he is, bringing him home, making him food, cleaning up... You get the picture.

But every now and then, someone actually notices, and says something nice. It never fails to surprise me.

These past few years, I've been involved with the Sisterhood of my synagogue. Growing up, the Sisterhood ladies were "older" (shall we say) ladies who did things for the Temple. Put out the snacks for events. Arranged things. I actually don't know what they did. But they were definitely older.

When we joined our synagogue a few years ago, I was automatically invited to be a part of Sisterhood as a new member, and after a year or two I was asked to join the Sisterhood board. Which I did. Oddly, our Sisterhood is made up of mostly younger women (well, 30s and 40s, a few in their 50s) and while some of the older women (60s and up) still attend events, they aren't involved in "running the show." And slowly, I became more and more involved, helped plan some events, and after a few years, was asked to join the Executive Board. I've been on the Exec Board for almost 2 years now, working as VP of Education, and I've tried out a number of new ideas, as I tend to do when I get involved in things. So it's gone pretty well.

Anyway, long story short, I just found out that I am getting a Sisterhood award. It's called the Light of Torah award. It's for a person who "exemplifies the qualities of commitment to Torah, service to the community, and deeds of lovingkindness." I don't know if I meet all those criteria, but I'm very flattered. Humbled and flattered. And it feels good to be recognized -- noticed, and appreciated -- for what I do. I don't need an award, but it's very nice to have someone say: you did a good job. And we appreciate you.


Unknown said...

Congratulations! We all need a little positive affirmation every now and then.

nachtwache said...

Congratulations! (Again) I'm going backwards reading the posts. :)