Today, in the United States, we are celebrating Labor Day. As a kid, growing up in Michigan, the idea of Labor Day was more about the end of summer with the first day of school being the next day. We would often spend the day at a barbecue in the backyard of a friend’s house with the Jerry Lewis Telethon on the black and white TV in the house, the rabbit ears on the TV positioned just so.
Labor Day in the United States was signed into law by President Grover Cleveland in 1894 as an effort to lessen the tension between big business and the workers after several large strikes in which workers were killed. It was quickly approved by a unanimous vote in Congress. In upper society in the US, Labor Day was considered the last day of the season in acceptable fashion to wear white clothing.
The idea of a national holiday that celebrates the laborer may sound suspiciously communist to some of you, but nonetheless – it is the holiday we have. For most of us in the US, Labor Day is more of a name and a chance to have one last big backyard party with our friends and family, while enjoying a day off, than a chance to honor workers.
Stop and think about the idea of hard work and what that means for a moment. We are often told as we grow up that if we work hard, we will get what we work for. Some people get this and dive into their work with enthusiasm for the sense of accomplishment that often comes at the end, and some on the other end of the spectrum seem to be as accepting of doing work as a pulled pork sandwich vendor would be at the Wailing Wall.
But let’s be honest, not all hard work leads to a positive end. Sometimes we work really hard and things still don’t turn out the way we expect. I know a few people who work hard and have a good work ethic, yet they struggle to find work. I am sure we all know a few people like that, just like we probably each know a few people who don’t seem to work much at all, yet are doing just fine.
At the Transmogrifier, we believe in the value of work and the realization that pretty much anything of value, takes a lot of work and effort to create, maintain or make grow. It takes a special level of commitment to stick with the work even when the rewards are not readily apparent. That is why we have been committed to our websites and the incredible amount of work it takes to build them up, for several years now , and we know it will be work for many years to come.
We are happy with the “fruits of our labor” and we hope you are too. Give us a “Like” on Facebook if you like what we have done, sign up for an account (it’s free) on our sites if you have not done that already, or share what we are doing with a friend or coworker. We would appreciate that work on your part, which helps us with our work. Let’s take this Labor Day to think about the work we all do and show some appreciation for the work other do, as well at take pride in our own efforts.
Thanks, and Happy Labor Day!