Volume 40,   Issue 11                      November  2005


Giving Something Back
Share Your Skills With Others
by Michael OíHara

This is the time of year when each of us looks at our lives and realizes that, in spite of all of the trials and tribulations of the past year, we have many, many, things for which to be truly thankful. 

As the president of the Ohio Glass Association, looking back over this last year, I, personally, am thankful for having had the opportunity to work with all the wonderful people in the glass industry; people at the national level, board members of our association and other associations and, most importantly, the people for whom the association exists: its members. Each and every person in the groups that Iíve named is truly dedicated, not only to the glass industry, but also to each other. And it has truly been an honor to shepherd the Ohio Glass Association over the last year.

Share it with Others
Once we have realized how blessed we are, I believe that we have the obligation to share that blessing with others, that is to pass along to someone else some of the good that has been done for us. Further, I believe, this obligation transcends all religious and moral principles. It is truly universal. In addition, I believe that we do not have to do anything dramatic or showy; we donít have to donate thousands of dollars to charity, we donít need to build and have named after us wings of hospitals. We simply have to help the person standing next to us when he or she is in need of help.

You Have a Special Gift
In the glass industry, we are uniquely challenged to do this. Each area of the nation has particular times of the year that are difficult to cope with. Here in Ohio it is winter. That is the time of year when having glass in windows is a necessity and the old car with the broken sidelite needs to be fixed to be usable. We all see, or know of, people who, for one reason or another are down on their luck. We have the perfect opportunity to help these folks, pass along the good that we have experienced, by simply replacing a window pane in a wood sash or a doorlite that is broken. For someone in need, this seemingly inconsequential act of kindness has a monumental impact on their lives. Each of you can think of a hundred different ways that you can help someone using your skill and trade; you donít need me to give you a laundry list of things to do.

And so, I challenge each and every member of the glass industry, after having reflected on all the blessings we have to be thankful for, to pass along this thankfulness in helping those less fortunate than ourselves, using the unique skill God has given us, the ability to work with glass to make other peopleís lives warmer, safer and better. 

The Author:
Michael OíHara of Salem Glass and Mirror is the president of the Ohio Glass Association. 

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