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.
It doesn’t matter what the experts say the value of marriage is. The value is the worth that each person in a relationship puts into it. I say that not as an expert but as someone who has lived it for the past 50 years. Love is unity and marriage unites, bringing two people together through love. It’s a decision everyday of working together in harmony. Marriage embraces our differences and accepts, respects and trust with honest understanding.
When people ask us what has made your marriage work? First thing for us is that God is at the center of it. We geneuionly like each other. We are always honest. We talk things through, have health arguments, never go to bed mad at each other. We see our blessings and we offer thanks and praise every day.
For us the value of marriage is held in the key of love. Love makes anything possible. It’s a precious gift and we cherish, care for and protect it with all that we are.
Reflection: Maybe we are not experts in the field of marriage, but today we celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We are still very happy after all these years, so we must be doing something right.
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.*
Here we are celebrating another American holiday. One that’s usually filled with family picnics, hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, lots of homemade desserts, outdoor games to play, and most of all smiling faces. While it saddens me that we are not doing our usual family picnic this year due to the pandemic; I was more disheartened by a remark I heard, that its hypocritical for us to be celebrating anything about being American with all the un-American things going on in our country.
It got me thinking of my own small world. How hard it is to try to do everything on your own. How much more gets done if I lay aside my pride and ask for a helping hand. Oh, the things we can do when we work together! Everything begins with us. The question we must ask ourselves is, what kind of labor am I willing to do to create the kind of America I can be proud of again? I think president Kennedy said it best in his acceptance speech,
”Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”