i also find myself thinking about two people who some might say were misplaced with respect to their mental ability. i can't say i'm in their league at all. merely that i've been thinking about them and the satisfaction that they appear to have experienced in their lives. brother lawrence as he simultaneoulsy peeled potatoes and deep theological connections to god in the kitchen of his monastery. i think of his menial task and its provision for others as similar to the service i'm providing. it brings a smile to my face and helps me care for the people i meet. so many of them are in difficult places right now with all the financial meltdowns.
i also think of henri nouwen and his work with mentally disabled people. this is not to compar the people i'm serving to those that henri served, but to say that he could have been, and was, in far more prominent situations. he chose to change that and serve in a less public venue.
all those waiters and stuffed tuxedos that i remember growing up or seeing in restaurants, now have a new member in myself. they are hard workers with dreams of better lives and the transitory world of food service is a ready support mechanism. they are easy to overlook. this may be what's difficult for such a social creature like myself. that sense that i'm overlooked and taken for granted. it's a good lesson for an ego the size of mine. afterall...i have a masters degree!