The people I love the best
jump into work head first…
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
Marge Piercy: To Be of Use
Every year on Labor Day I like to read the poem “To Be of Use” by Marge Piercy (from her collection Circles on the Water). It is a great reminder that the original purpose of Labor Day was to celebrate the beauty of good work, not just to take a day away from it. You can read the entire poem on the Poetry Foundation website:
In his beautiful book The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran wrote that “work is love made visible.”
Two of the most important choices you make in defining the person you will become and the goals you will achieve are the work that you choose to do and the attitude with which you choose to do that work. Labor Day is a perfect time to think about how you make those choices.