Not Another Trophy!

Does this picture leave any doubt that too many awards are given: trophies, plaques, medals, ribbons, and framed certificates?

This represents only a fraction of the awards stored in closets or boxes in the garage or scattered on various shelves throughout the house.

IMG_5841.JPGSome of the awards are cute, like this one from the Tortoise and the Hare, a children’s triathlon.

IMG_5850.JPGA few are practical, like this mug from the Brick City 5K.

IMG_5860.JPGAnd some are more interesting than others.

IMG_5878.JPGBut do we really need all of these awards? Those that truly recognized an achievement were meaningful at the time of receipt, but some were received for merely being a member of a team or completing a task. And even most of those that recognized an accomplishment years ago no longer hold the same meaning.

The most ridiculous awards? Those for adults. Do coaches really need trophies and plaques? Is the best way to recognize leadership in an organization with an award to be displayed somewhere?

IMG_5879Wouldn’t it be great if we could express our appreciation without giving dust collectors?