American scholar and anthropologist, Loren Eiseley once said “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” Historically, water has been symbolic of countless beliefs but scientifically, we know that without water there is no life.
For 123 years, Middlesex Water Company (MWC) has been a trusted supplier of water utility services. This year, more than ever, our company has been reminded not only of the important role that water plays in public health protection, but also, the critical importance of those who keep the magic flowing — the dedicated employees who ensure essential services. We also gained greater appreciation for acts of kindness, compassion and generosity in the most uncertain of times. The power of gratitude redirects our attention to what we do have and can do, as opposed to what we don’t have, can’t control or wish for. Oftentimes we take the simplicities of life for granted but 2020 was a stark reminder that it’s the little things that count.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault
As the health of the world and our Country became infected with the novel coronavirus, we learned to adjust and adapt, find new strengths and help each other endure and overcome adversity. We are so proud of our team who rallied and continue to rally in so many different ways to maintain essential services, support our business, each other and our community. We are thankful for our people who genuinely care about the work they perform and the people with whom they interact.
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, take a peek at our gratitude journal to get an inside look at what else we are thankful for:
- Dedicated essential employees who help ensure ongoing, reliable utility services
- Over a century of water industry leadership and management experience
- Our ability as an industry to contribute to the protection and maintenance of public health
- Providing jobs for our employees and contract partners
- The opportunity to support our valued customers through this crisis
- The generosity of our employees in supporting our charity endeavors
- Trusted relationships with regulators, municipal partners, developers and contractors
- Shareholders whose investments allow us to upgrade and maintain our systems
- Professional and versatile employees who quickly adapted to the “new normal”
- Greater system reliability and resiliency for future generations through our Water for Tomorrow infrastructure program
This is a time of great uncertainty. But reflecting on gratitude helps us to appreciate the here and now and all those we are privileged to serve. We’ve learned we are capable of achieving far more that we imagined possible and have found strength in adversity, better positioning us to face what comes next. As we focus on the positive, we salute the resilient spirit and resolve of our people. We give thanks for their passion and their commitment and purpose that will continue to guide us forward through this pandemic and beyond.