KATHIE’S KORNER — Labor Day 2022 is a great time to celebrate loyal, hard workers
Published Saturday 03 September 2022 00:04
Work definition: effort, diligence, exertion, toil, labour.
Lazy people, wake up and move! If you don’t have a job or are retired (sitting around), volunteer somewhere. There are many opportunities.
Examples: Deliver mail or flowers at nearby hospitals, weigh babies, drive friends to go shopping, answer phones at your church, help teachers, missionaries or ministers and much more…
The labor movement actually began on the first day of labor in 1882, and in 1894 it was dedicated to a federal holiday for workers’ relief, recreation, or other forms of time off.
Labor Day and Memorial Day are “patriotic holidays,” an annual national tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
My brothers and I were instilled with a tough, healthy, strong, but satisfying “work ethic” growing up in Compton, California in the 1950’s.
We were raised by parents who worked hard and built a very successful construction business throughout the Los Angeles area. It was mainly masonry and stone work. My father was an amazing artist, from the blueprints he read he would bid for large traces of beautiful homes and patios (some still stand in California).
He sometimes traveled to Arizona to retrieve colorful or fossil-laden rocks for individual homes and fireplaces. Mom was in the office and at a piano and organ with a beautiful voice and would accompany me to recitals and church solos.
Our parents taught us to work hard when we were kids. We thought it was normal and we still do: housework, being part of the family, caring for animals, schoolwork, practicing our musical instruments and our voice.
We also played hard. The competition motivated us to win! This period of learning with private trainers and practicing our music from an early age prepared my brother and I to become professional musicians.
I studied with a private voice teacher and piano for eight years. Everything adds up and counts.
Preparation is NOT wasted time. We have studied for years with charismatic pastors and teachers to bring our gifts of the Word and the Holy Spirit to the level of musicality. It took years, only then did God ask for a vision well planned by God.
Our three children have been taught the same “work ethic” and as adults they thrive in their lives and positions in law firms.
Our daughters love God and their husbands all have nice homes and are not clock keepers but faithful workers, all of them.
I am very proud of them and their achievements and that they are happy in God. So the next time someone tells you, “Don’t work too hard,” just smile and work.
Greetings to all “hard, loyal workers” in America and around the world. Happy Labor Day!
Kathie Deasy writes about religion for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected]