Bus Driver in New Jersey, by Jim Pickerell, 1936-, Photographer (NARA record: 4588217) (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
bless all who serve us,
who have dedicated their lives
to the ministry of others-
all the teachers of our schools
who labor so patiently with so little appreciation;
all who wait upon the public,
the clerks in the stores who have to accept criticism,
complaints, bad manners, and selfishness
at the hands of a thoughtless public.
Bless the mailman, the drivers of streetcars
and buses who must listen to people who
lose their tempers.
Bless every humble soul who,
in these days of stress and strain,
without words. Amen.
Peter Marshall, 1902 – 1949, Chaplain of the United States Senate
Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.