In the new economy we shall serve for the joy of serving, and prosperity will flow to us and through us in rippling streams of plenty. -CHARLES FILLMORE (Atom Smashing Power of Man)
WORK is a four-letter word, but so are LIFE, LOVE and REST. No matter what your career, we need all four to achieve balance and harmony in our lives. From the moment we are born, we are working toward something. We strive to speak for the first time. We toddle into our first steps. We enter school with eager hearts and minds. Somewhere along the way, work becomes a dirty word because we associate the world's struggles and strifes with punching the clock for someone else. This is why high school students hang on to their freedom as long as they can before they enter the 'real world.' We all have past negative experiences with working because they were instilled in us by our families' struggles to earn the money for our collective prosperity. We enjoy the blessings of life, love and rest because the enrich our souls in our quest for personal betterment. When we remove the price tag from our work, we can also find blessings in the fruits of our labor. The right balance of work and play can actually bring us closer to the way we make a living. A strong work ethic does not mean that we have to yoke ourselves to a life of drudgery. This is why we take a moment each year to pay tribute to the many hands that make for light work in our world. No matter what we do, our work blesses our world. Labor Day is a celebration of what we do for a living and a time for us to slow down and acknowledge the sacrifices that we make to co-create with God a world that works for all. Picnic, party and enjoy this holiday safely and responsibly as we have great work ahead of us! Peace be with you.