It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, September 01, 2014

Chapter 9, Page 1, Book 14

Sometimes it's important to work for that pot of gold.  But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply consists of choosing which color to slide down on the rainbow. 

Douglas Pagels

As we celebrate another Labor Day in this country, I’d like to share a few thoughts about labor.

Some of us have a very negative attitude toward labor. We traditionally hate Monday because it means we have to go back to work.  We sing TGIF on Fridays because it means the weekend is coming

Sometimes our attitude toward work is negative because we aren’t balancing work with leisure. To achieve this balance is a real challenge in our fast paced world, a world where downsizing often means we have more to do at work than ever before.  Or maybe we’re negative toward our work because we’ve lost the why of our work. Most of us work first of all to support ourselves and our families. We must never lose sight of the reason. 

Even though work may feel like a curse sometimes, it is important to keep work in a proper perspective.  Ask someone who was just laid off, or someone who has been unemployed for months, or a recent college graduate who cannot find a position, or someone with a disability who cannot work. The jobless pray for work, and they consider work a great blessing.

On this Labor Day, let us give thanks for work and thanks for the time to rest.  We hold in our hearts those looking for paid employment and those worried about their jobs. 

We lift up those who labor to support themselves, their loved ones, and their communities.  We thank those whose gifts are physical effort and the work of their hands, and those giving gifts of mind, music, art, and technology.  We remember those who construct, invent, repair, transport, invest and sell. 

We give thanks for those in the teaching and helping fields, those who rear children and care for the vulnerable.  We give thanks for the workers who make it possible for us to eat, and those whose vigilance keeps people safe.  We pray for all whose jobs put them in harm’s way.

My wish for all of us is this: May we see work in a positive light as an expression of our love and service of others. And may we find creative ways to balance our work with rest and play!

I wish you all a safe and happy Labor Day!

The end of labor is to gain leisure.  



Martha said...

What wonderful thoughts for today! :)

jack69 said...

I want to Echo Martha's comment. I appreciate someone with an attitude like this.
I don't remember ever dreading Monday's. 99% of my life I have enjoyed my labor, appreciated the fact that I was able to earn a living.
Some how, someway, a person should enjoy what they spend a lot of their life doing...
The tent people here got a little rain last night, but it has not dampened spirits. Happy Campers make me smile.

betty said...

You said so many wonderful thoughts about labor and work, Ma. I have not always been grateful to have to get up to go to work, but these days I am very thankful to have a job and to be able to work from home. I look at it as a labor of love to help provide for the family :)



Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend.