The presents have all been opened, some were returned for exchange. Surely, Aunt Gertrude did not expect you to wear that sweater out in public… did she?! The last of the green bean casserole went to the dog and the fruitcake has been devoured (ok, I know you didn’t really eat the fruitcake but I won’t tell grandma if you won’t). Christmas is a memory and today you find yourself staring right into the face of a brand-new year.
You’ve been here before. Years of water have rushed under the proverbial bridge and here you are wondering if you’re going to have another year just like all the previous ones. The answer is yes! Or no! Your choice!
Day after day, you get up, brush your teeth, half-pour half-spill a cup of java and slosh it down your throat while you mindlessly weave through traffic to get to your job. If you’re a driver, you take your two-step commute from your bunk to the driver seat, crank ‘er up and head down the road for another eleven-hour shift down the same roads you’ve driven down before. Nothing new. Nothing different. Something’s gotta change!
What’s got to change? The way you view your job. You may think you just work for a wage and hopefully at the end of the week, you take it to buy the bacon you bring home. What you don’t realize is you serve a bigger cause… a much larger and noble purpose without which America would be as barren as the Mojave Desert in February.
Whether you are in Orientation or Operations, you are critical to the success of America. It doesn’t matter whether you clean the showers or protect the assets, we can’t do this without you.
Your jobs are not just jobs. They are the glue that holds America together. Each and every one of you is a necessary spoke in the wheel of America the Beautiful. Without you, America will cease to exist.
I am grateful for the men and women who serve in our military and emergency services. They risk their own life each and every day to ensure the safety and freedom of us all. Aside from those roles, there is no more patriotic act than to choose to serve in the transportation industry.
What you do is honorable and noble, necessary and life changing. Sitting at your desk or laying under the chassis of a Pete with grease in your face, you may not see it. But the heartbeat of America alive and well, and is made possible by, well… YOU!
On behalf of a grateful nation, I would like to thank each and every person at Prime for your role in making America great. Thank you for coming to work day after day, doing what you are so good at. Your hard work and dedication is the fabric upon which our great nation was founded and centuries later, YOU keep the flame of freedom burning hot.
I salute you men and women of Prime. May your new year be prosperous in greater measure than you’ve had before. May your days be filled with joy and peace, and on those days when you feel you are not important, may someone cross your path and remind you how much of a difference you actually make.
Happy New Year fellow Prime-ates!