Love Letter to Civil Servants
An Ode to the Unsung US Bureaucracy
I’m a little late for Valentine’s Day, and it seems more appropriate closer to President’s Day anyway to write an enthusiastic shout-out to the civil servants of our country.
There is deep gratitude that despite the ever-growing unease, these fundamental pillars are holding the line.
They will need help though, from all of us.
There are nearly 3 million of their cadre and and most joined because of a core belief in ‘service’ as a means to do good for the largest amount of people, despite that fact that many could have found more lucrative positions in the private sector. They put up with a population who routinely takes them for granted and, because of the nature of government, they are not in the habit of crowing about their work.
“Don’t let anybody tell you that pushing back against a sinister agenda is somehow un-American. To the contrary. It’s the most American thing you can do.”
— Scott Helman, The Boston Globe, 2/9/17
“Our dedicated public employees are committed to a cause greater than personal ambition, and each day, they tackle many of our most urgent challenges and help move us closer to a more perfect Union.”
Pres. Barack Obama 2/13
I can’t imagine the stress and anxiety that many of these incredible Americans are going through right now but know that you are appreciated and even celebrated. Thank you…
Jill Laufer is an optimist, a thinker, and creator.
She is creative director by day and produces “The Relentless Optimist,” an unflappable and historical perspective of our world to contribute to the larger discussions of our times.