It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is one who will smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
And it always comes with the years,
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth
Is the smile that shines through tears.
It is easy enough to be prudent,
When nothing tempts you to stray,
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But it’s only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth
Is the one that resists desire.
By the cynic, the sad, the fallen,
Who had no strength for the strife,
The world’s highway is cumbered to-day;
They make up the sum of life.
But the virtue that conquers passion,
And the sorrow that hides in a smile,
It is these that are worth the homage on earth
For we find them but once in a while.
The above words were written by Ella Wheeler Wilcox in her poem “Worth While”. It addresses being a caring human being despite troubles and strife; showing interest and caring about others.
We care about the well being of others, not just who our solution will help serve, but also for those who work here at Apportis. We work with and for each other in the best and hardest of times. Some days are easier than others and there are days that get busy and chaotic, but even in the most challenging of times we know that our coworkers will help each other even when they have challenges of their own. By working together toward a shared goal and supporting each other through the journey, we can accomplish more. We listen, we show interest, and we communicate.
In these trying times during the global COVID-19 pandemic, people are struggling. Many are out of work and isolated. People are dying. If we remember to help each other, smile despite strife, and have the moral compass to do what is right, we can pull through. The world will be different on the other side, but through good work it can be better.
To quote Ella Wheeler Wilcox again, with her famous words from “Solitude”: “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” Alone, we fail, but together, working compassionately together, we can accomplish much.