Somehow… We’re All Connected



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My office is in a prestigious and historic building in Whitehall, and every day on my way to the office, I love saying hello to the cleaners making the place a beautiful sight.

They are as important as the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Maybe some people might not agree with me, but we’re all important. From the bus driver struggling through the morning traffic to the chef in the restaurant trying to bring sanity to the chaos in the kitchen to the cashier at the grocery store who might endure muffled abuse from disgruntled customers to the care assistant who takes care of  our older relatives or the nursery assistant who has to endure the incessant screams of restless babies and yet, has to smile and reassure parents that all has been well when it hasn’t.

I reckon, we’re all the same.


The feeling of ”I’m always right and I know everything all” has the hallmark of a ‘jerk syndrome.’ I respect all the men and women holding two to three jobs, trying to make ends meet while also bringing up their children at the same time. They are superheroes.

Now don’t get me wrong, life isn’t a straight line, but it would augur well to appreciate people who appear to be doing menial jobs. I once got into an argument with a former boss who refused to allow his driver in the same lift with him, I didn’t mince my words when I told him in no uncertain terms that he was wrong. You can imagine what happened after that, I got fired? Hell no (forgive my language), he apologised to his driver and increased his pay. Although I later realised that the truth is a bitter pill to swallow.

We’re all connected.

Imagine the scenario where we’re all rich, every single soul on this planet is wealthy. Where would you find the shopkeepers, drivers, butchers, child-minders, just to mention a few? So, why not give that sweaty waitress a sincere smile and the cleaner at your HQ an appreciative grin? Maybe I’m wrong, let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful weekend friends, and may the coming week bring you peace!

Much love, always. 🙂


48 comments on “Somehow… We’re All Connected

  1. integrity says:

    Hmm. Someone one said don;t look down on people expect you love their shoes. We are all the same regardless of what position we hold or what power we possess. We must always learn to appreciate every single man doing something good in the society.

  2. Well said, and so important. I once said to someone mopping the floor at an office building, “thank you for keeping everything here so beautiful and clean.” She was surprised and grateful for the recognition.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      That was a very kind thing you said to the cleaner, we need more love and kindness in our world today. I appreciate your visit Ronnie, and I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your weekend.
      Blessings to you and all that is yours. 🙂

  3. In our ego filled society and celebrity worship, this is a down-to-earth article. I hope everyone in the world could read this right now. We’re all connected. Thank you for writing this thoughtful article.

    Christy Nelson

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thank you for reading Christy, and you were right on your phrase, ‘our ego filled society and celebrity worship.’ It’s like a sick syndrome, I hope things would change and we would all love ourselves truly. Thanks for stopping by my dear friend.
      Cheers. 🙂

  4. There was a saying in show business:”Be nice to people on your way up because you”ll meet them again on your way down.” In everyday life, we are all trying to exist. We are all doing our best. I think you are absolutely right. We need to recognize other people’s efforts and service. We need to hold doors for each other, to help lighten the burdens.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      We need to help lighten the burdens, we all live in a very complex world but a little love and respect would go a long way. I appreciate your visit my dear friend. Do enjoy the rest of your weekend.
      Blessings. 🙂

  5. Yup – what you said and what all the others have said – yup, yup, yup! 🙂

  6. utesmile says:

    I agree very much. We are all the same and where would we be without the bin men, the cleaners etc, they are all very important as a Company director.

  7. I couldn’t agree with you more, Seyi. I always say hello to people I pass on the street or in the halls of my workplace. Sadly, so many have their faces buried in their iPhone and miss out on a human connection.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right Jill. And I must apologise for just replying now, I’m sorry for the oversight. I have not blogged for a while, and I was certain I replied to all the comments. I hope you are good? Christmas is almost upon us, I hope all your shopping are done and gifts wrapped, unlike me! Do enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend.
      Blessings. 🙂

      • No worries, Seyi. I know how comments can be overlooked. I’m doing very well and I hope you and your family are too. LOL! I finished wrapping gifts today…phew! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

      • Seyi sandra says:

        Glad to read your comment Jill. I still have a few gifts left to wrap. It’s a mammoth task! 😦
        Have a glorious week.
        Blessings. 🙂

  8. danniehill says:

    Wonderful post! I say hello to everyone and usually get a positive response. Treat others how you would like to be treated and it will smooth out your life and prepare you for the rude ones

    • Seyi sandra says:

      That’s so good of you Dannie, apologies for jut replying now. I concur to your statement, ‘treat others how you would like to be treated and it will smooth out your life and prepare you for the rude ones.’ I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend my friend! 🙂

  9. lorigreer says:

    Such a wonderful, caring attitude in the post and in the comments from other readers.

  10. Lori says:

    I totally agree with you, Seyi. You are so right about needing people to do certain jobs. I follow a man on facebook who gives out scholarships to people who are willing to go to vocational schools. The reason he does this is because there are tens of thousands of jobs available for people with blue collar skills. Newly graduated college students cannot find jobs, because white collar jobs are mostly taken. We ARE all connected, and we need each other’s specific talents and skills. That was so cool of you to speak up for that driver. Sometimes people don’t even realize what they’re doing unless someone points it out. God Bless.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      God bless you too Lori. You’re truly on point, we do need each other’s specific talents and skills. the world would be a bland place without different people with diverse skills. I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend. I’m grateful for your visit and kindness dear friend. 🙂

  11. Christy B says:

    Yes, we are all the same, so true!!

  12. Al says:

    Everyone deserves a “hello” or a smile. Sometimes it may be the only one they get, and maybe that person was contemplating taking their own life, but when someone said “hello” to them, it changed their attitude and their mind. It is amazing the difference a smile, a hello or just having someone in their corner can make all the difference.

    • Seyi sandra says:

      You’re right Al. Many people are so depressed by societal attitudes, and I believe that can change one person a time. We live in a very complex and difficult time, and our attitudes, like you rightly pointed out, may be the difference to the survival of a tortured soul.
      Have a wonderful weekend my friend, warm regards to your lovely family. 🙂

      • Al says:

        The complexities of life in this time and age are becoming more complex. If more people smiled at other people and smiles were returned, the world would be a lot happier.

        Have a great weekend and smile 🙂

  13. Ste J says:

    You’re right my friend, I always treat everybody the same no matter their job, we’re all just trying to get by and it’s good to have a smile to help us through the day!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      That’s the way to go old friend, a smile can make the sun shine brighter. Hope you’re good? Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

      • Ste J says:

        I certainly am, due back home tomorrow after a restful week in Scarborough, where I shall try and read and write more…the always unattainable dream hehe. I believe a very happy birthday is also in order my friend…enjoy your day!!

  14. Al says:

    Happy birthday Seyi. Hope you have a grand day.

  15. Kiran Mawani says:

    This is really an amazing piece of work. Since, I don’t know much bout this, but keep up the great work 🙂

  16. Jaime Shine says:

    Love this post, Seyi! It takes so many people to make a society work, and you don’t need to know someone’s net worth before knowing how to treat them. It’s amazing how nice people are when you treat them like people — not objects or servants. I come from a blue collar area and never understood why so many look down on people who work with their hands. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject!

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Thanks Jaime, I’m grateful for your comment and visit. I believe everyone matters, after all, our lives are temporal, we all have limited times, whether we like it or not.
      So the way we treat others may have an impact on us. I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend.
      Cheers. 🙂

  17. unclerave says:

    It’s been quite a while since you’ve given us a new post, Seyi Sandra! How come, hon? I hope all is well with you, dear lady. — YUR

    • Seyi sandra says:

      Hey old friend, thanks for stopping by. I am well and I truly appreciate your kindness. Time has been in short supply on my end, I’ll surely update my website soon, possibly today or tomorrow. I hope you’re good? Do enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  18. Habiba says:

    I wish there was an option ‘love’ next to ‘like’ under this post. I agree with every word here and i believe in equality.
    I appreciate that you spoke up to your boss about his shameful act and I’m glad that it worked on his side.

  19. snowgood says:

    Good post, status is a dangerous game! have you seen the new booklet from Care for the Family? “The Last Sixty minutes” You’d like it.

    I remember hearing about how economics work when at Grammar School.

    If we distributed all the nations wealth equally on a Monday morning it would be re-distributed back to where it started by much-time.

    At least that’s the theory on how money works!

    It’s also interesting to note that most “Brits” don’t get it when it comes to the service industries, hence most such positions are now occupied by hard working East Europeans.

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