The Award Is Not The Reward
It is a common trap to think the award is the purpose of an endeavor.
Many scurry feverishly to collect medals, trophies, certificates and the like. As if the status associated with those objects will make them better.
An award is a token, nothing more.
When in fact, it is the work done before, the trials and tribulations faced, overcame which are the source of betterment and affords an award to be won.
The true reward lies in the endeavoring, not a token of achievement which hangs around the neck.
It is the act of doing meaningful work makes which makes us feel alive, not the acknowledgment of it.
And it is the reward of this feeling which should be award enough.
Thanks for reading. I'm glad you're here. // jm