“No Work Is Insignificant”

by Nika

“No work is insignificant.  All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”

Martin Luther King  Jr.

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This quote expresses perfectly how I feel about historic preservation.  I know that it has importance to the community and the people who live in it.  The connections that we share with our past and with each other bond us together and define local identity.  Saving my old house has had a positive effects on my block, neighborhood and town.

I have had the privilege to become acquainted with some neighbors in Tuscaloosa who share my beliefs about historic preservation.  They are a diverse group, united by a desire to preserve the culture of a lovely southern town. They are proof that ordinary people can work together in ways that make life more pleasant and fulfilling for everyone.  Certainly their work is of great significance, because it uplifts us all.

I like to believe that I am one of the ordinary people helping to preserve our past in a way that uplifts us all.    I am a mother of four boys (two in college) who is trying to invest my family’s savings in a way that is important to me, my family and the community.   I am striving always to undertake this work with “painstaking excellence.”

Today I received some good news in the mail that validates my efforts.  The letter came from the National Park Service announcing that my application for the Historic Preservation Tax Credit has been approved.  I can scarcely express the feelings of relief, pride and satisfaction that flooded my heart when I opened that envelope!

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Now, what work should I undertake next?