As we prepare to commemorate another Labor Day, I find myself thinking about everything my grandparents instilled in me about the importance of hard work. They went to great lengths to remind me that job excellence was the highest form of gratitude that I could demonstrate.
There was a time when an African-American woman like me could only dream of having a full-time position with benefits and paid holidays. Of course there are days when I am ready to leave the building and retreat to the comfort of my home, but it does not take me long to realize just how fortunate I am. For me, this quote sums it up.
All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance,
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Happy Labor Day to all. Thank you for the important contributions you make to our great society.