The following was copied from an old post made back in June 2008. Yep, as I said in a response to a comment from Gay. It’s worth going back through old posts. This quote from Thomas Merton fits right in with thoughts of recognition for what one does. Interesting to contemplate how one values others for what they are.
We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men (and women) are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.