“What use have spirits of the certifications of the living? Each title, each honorific, and every gold star is meaningless to them. The institutions they represent have risen and fallen again & again before them. So too have empires and regimes.
Approach humbly, with open eyes and willing hearts, astute minds and listening ears, for your station matters not.”
-The Horned One
Normally, I don't share these things with others, but its clear that he wanted those words spoken here. They are to be the basis for a lesson, and so here we are.
We get bent out of shape, in life, over the institutions we see and interact with. So enclosed and ensorcelled are we by our Office that we forget what occurs outside of whatever institution we represent. We are not defined by these things, however, and we become so enamored by what they represent to others that we forget to become enriched by them.
Take pride in your vocation, but do not let life's busy-ness take you away from what is important. Don't let it dissuade you from time with your families, nor keep you from being a decent person. Those things matter to an extreme, as when its time to call for aid, those who have watched you make an ass of yourself will remember.
These are essentially "shower thoughts", but it strikes me as an important memo to share.
Enjoy your day.
PS: Your station can change in an instant. Who you are at your core cannot.