What are we celebrating today? I mean, what’s Labor Day all about, and what value can I get from it to share with you?
Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez explains it this way: “Each year, Labor Day gives us an opportunity to recognize the invaluable contributions that working men and women make to our nation, our economy, and our collective prosperity. It gives us a chance to show gratitude for workers’ grit, dedication, ingenuity, and strength, which define our nation’s character,”
You may be wondering after this long covid-19 pandemic if we will ever get back to the kind of pride that Perez refers to in his statement. But this is American. We started our own country and built it into what it is today. We have never given up on a formidable job, and we will build our country back up as we always have because we are a hard-working nation. We learn from our mistakes and become better and stronger because of it. That’s what I believe anyway.
Reflection: I guess the question we each have to ask ourselves is, are we doing our best with what we have to work with? If not, then do better; if we are, then that’s all we can ask from each other. The most valued thing I heard in Perez’s statement was about us working toward is “collective” prosperity. We are in this together; we are strong, we are innovative, and we are capable.