Today in the United States we celebrate Labor Day. I want to share a photo post with you that celebrates ordinary men doing the great work that built this country. Let us take a moment and reflect on all the back breaking, hard work, blood and sweat that built houses, towns, skyscrapers and great industries. Let us remember the blacksmiths, barbers, steel workers, welders, carpenters, cobblers and other tradesmen.
Great men work hard. In fact, one great man, Teddy Roosevelt, shared this about work in a speech to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1902:
“Your work is hard. Do you suppose I mention that because I pity you? No; not a bit. I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who doesn’t work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being. The law of worthy work well done is the law of successful America life. I believe in play, too – play, and play hard while you play; but don’t make the mistake of thinking that that is the main thing. The work is what counts, and if a man does his work well and it is worth doing, then it matters but little in which line that work is done; the man is a good American citizen. If he does his work in slipshod fashion, then no matter what kind of work it is, he is a poor American citizen.”
So as we rethink what true work is and how a real gent will be engaged in work, we wish a Happy Labor Day to all!
Photo Credit: Rich701 and the author’s personal collection.