In Honor of the American Work Force...Happy Labor Day!
Workers Generating Energy for the American Dream!
American Dreams of Freedom
Today is just not any ordinary day it is a celebration of the social and economic achievements of all American Workers in the United States and abroad.
When I stop and think about the implications of that first sentence I get goose bumps running up and down my spine. I feel power behind these words, shear power that has been generated through the decades by people like you and I who have dedicated our lives to a passion in the form of work.
I ponder and observe as I drive about gazing at the world around me sprinkled with buildings, parks, bridges, and airplanes soaring through the air. I continually think to myself how many hands have touched that structure or vehicle that to most appears mundane but to me takes on the form of “Living Art”.
It first occurred to me when traveling through the small towns of Italy touring churches that some of those churches were built over centuries. I imagined thousands of people’s hands touching walls and columns as I stood looking up at arches that seemed to reach for the heavens. In returning to the states I found myself continuing that journey of thought as my eyes danced over details in monuments and buildings that kept crossing my daily path.
Through modern technology time frames now have been shrunk from multiple centuries down to years or months, sometimes even days to complete a project from start to finish. As I considered the work ethic of one's dedication and energy to any given project at first I thought it had probably remained the same throughout the years in the work force to accomplish established goals, but then I thought to myself has it really?
Speaking for myself my passion and the energy I put forth in any job I have owned has always been 110%. My work ethic is a reflection of my core values instilled in me at a young age and the journey of my growth as I developed along the way. I have cleaned homes, peoples toilets, been a manager in a corporate setting and now work in a hospital community. My hands have been all over the place generating energy when I stop to think about it!!
My parents worked hard and were proud of the jobs they took ownership of. They didn’t complain about their bosses or co-workers, showed up for work on time, and were grateful with the paychecks they brought home. I guess that all rubbed off on me because I like going to work happy, and even if the day turns out to be less than perfect when I return the next day to work I look at it as an opportunity to start anew with the past of yesterday behind me. It is an awesome gift if you think about it to get a fresh start every 24 hours!
In comparison there are many people of discord crossing my path in the work environment. Unhappiness seems to be a disease that spreads like a wild fire in any working community of people. It saddens me to hear people speak of entitlement to the demands of their egos instead of listening to their hearts. There is a failure to recognize the importance of the dedication of time and human energy to a project from conception to completion. The sense of accomplishment is diminished and just about vanishes I observe when people feel trapped in a job that they feel no passion for.
It is the unhappy people that for some reason miss the point that they are part of a bigger picture in the reality of the world we live in whether they scrub toilets or build rockets for they all are contributors to the “Living Art” I refer to that is part of our daily lives. All the structures and vehicles we take for granted that give our lives a sense of as-semblance and relief as the day comes to an end.
The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th in 1882; in 1894 Congress passed an act making the first Monday of September the official national holiday to celebrate the American Work Force. Many men of years gone by fought for the recognition of the American Worker and his or her dedication of human energy to progress our lives into future centuries full of dreams that were only glints in their minds at the time.
This Labor Day consider where we have come since 1882. In over one hundred years we have gone from horse drawn carriages to cars, trains, planes and space ships that have put men walking on the moon. Not at all possible without the toilet scrubbers, the machinists, the engineers, the cooks, or grocery clerks that bag your groceries, the teachers that educate us all, or the garbage men who haul our trash away. Together as a united force we generate enough human energy to keep the machine of progress running in high gear towards future goals that will keep America strong and healthy.
As you start your Labor Day celebration this year think of the core values you are leaving your children for the future. What do they recognize in you to mirror as they establish their journeys in the future dream machines of progress. Ponder how you perceive your job and your contribution in the work force? Are you happy or sad? Perhaps an opportunity around the bend is waiting for you to embrace to change the course of your journey in a role you play in the American Dream as a contributor.
It is important to note that the vital energy of human labor increased materially the country we live in to the highest living standard and the greatest production the world has ever known. The labor energy of the last one hundred years has cemented the ideologies of our traditional economic and political democracy. We are the creators of “Living Art” the contributors of much of the nation’s strengths and freedoms and as leaders we continue to journey into the future of the American Dream. Therefore, it gives each one of us a reason to beam as the nation pays tribute to us the American Worker today of all days!
Today I honor us all!