"In all labor there is profit..."
The noblest thing in the world is wise and honest labor. Labor is the powerful magician that brings order out of chaos, transforms barren deserts into thriving cities, and produces works of genius from all fields of endeavor, be it the creation of grand architecture, powerful prose, tilled and cultivated soil, a clean cottage, or a home-cooked meal.
In ancient times all, including the wealthy, labored in their own kitchens and fields. In the Bible, Abraham and his wife Sarah are early examples of the dignity found in toil. And during the infancy of the United States, George and Martha Washington, although they were quite well off financially, set fine examples for industry and frugality.
There is a dignity in all honest labor that makes it beautiful and mighty. And if we remember that all true luxuries and achievements are the result of labor, we understand that nothing great can ever be accomplished without it. Thus, the first Monday in the month of September (In the United States and Canada) has been established as a special day on which to remember and honor this worthy quality, and those souls (past, present and future) who exemplify it.
Take from Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons by Tracey McBride.
Published by Bantam Books, NY, NY, 2000.
FYI: We originally posted this on the third of but it didn't show up until just now!