I took a photo of this image on our television screen.
If I were presenting, I would provide awards for categories of:
- guidance, and
The recipients, of course, would be my friends and family. For many awards, there would be more than one winner.
Emmy award "acceptance speeches" are often tedious to listen to, and get cut short by the music. It is easy to think "hurry up" and "keep it brief for heavens sake" as an observer. But, my list would not be short. I would want to thank:
- my husband and my children
- my parents and my siblings
- my in-laws and all of my extended family
- anyone I have ever worked with
- doctors, nurses, dentists - anyone who has ever cared for me or my family
- blogger friends, who read and comment on my blog, and who teach me by example ...
... By now the music would be playing, and I am just getting warmed up! This list could go on and on.
I'm not suggesting we all invest in red carpets or designer evening wear; or even that a trophy is necessary. But, the Emmy Awards reminded me of the importance of recognition for achievement, and gratitude to those who have supported us. We should all try to express more of this for each other every day.
For me, and I suspect almost everyone, the most touching part of the 2014 Emmy Awards was a tribute
, not an award. For decades, Robin Williams
has filled our screens and made us laugh. Last night, his image filled our hearts with loss - for a man gone much too soon, before his time. The gift of laughter which he gave to so many people was, in the end, the one thing he could not give himself.
May his memory help spark better understanding of the illness of depression - and may someone, someday soon, receive a real award for the discovery of a perfect cure for this devastating disease. In the meantime, as we all strive to give more compliments, words of encouragement and gratitude - perhaps we could think of it as giving out "Williams" awards.
I can almost here Robin chuckling, as we say, "And the Williams goes to ... ."
What other categories for recognition would you add to the ones I listed above?
This post was originally published as "The Winner is ... (Should TV People Have All the Fun?)" on the blog: the most - - of every moment.