The list of recipients in the Queen's Birthday Honours List is very impressive not only because of their many achievements, but also because many are simply ordinary people doing what they believe is right.
Most people in this world consider themselves "good" and will do kind things for others when they can, but being truly great is hard work.
It means putting aside time many of us might spend bingeing the latest Netflix series and use it to help others.
Their achievements in just being really good people are put into context when compared to one of today's other stories in The Border Mail where heartless thieves stole and torch a ute belonging to an apprentice carpenter.
A thoughtless act by a thief led to to not only the loss of a young man's car, but about $1500 worth of tools.
People can be selfish, inconsiderate and even cruel.
That is why we should be extremely grateful for people like Eliza Ault-Connell who has meningococcal disease and requires a wheelchair, but dedicates much of her time to awareness education so other do not end up in the same situation.
Or Angus Macneil, who goes to bed happy knowing he has helped out other people in one of his roles with NSW Farmers Association, Grain Producers Australia or Landcare NSW.
Or even basketball coach coach Lorraine Crawford who has fostered the development of many young players over multiple decades.
It is true that the life situations and experiences of every person is different and can take them down different paths, but the extremes of crime v volunteer work are a choice and we are grateful to have far more good people on the Border.
So thank you to each of the recipients of this year's Queen's Birthday honours for your work, dedication and commitment - not only for yourselves, but for all the people you have helped.
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