Day 281 - Meditation on Gratitude
Sunday, September 06, 2015
We attempted to go boating this afternoon, but the battery on the boat was dead. Apparently the 12V port (formerly known as a cigarette lighter) cannot having anything plugged into it when the boat is parked.
We have a charger, so the battery is getting a boost. We tried starting it with the charger attached, but there's not enough power transferred to turn the engine over. So we are going to let it charge for an hour or two and take a nap.
On this American Labor Day holiday weekend, it's important to actually think about why this holiday was created, and why it's important. Take a moment to read this:
There was a time in this country when workers (most of them poor, recent immigrants or first-generation Americans) had to enduring punishing conditions and very low wages, just to be able to have a job and put food on the table and a roof over their heads. Some brave souls decided to get together and try to negotiate for a better environment and living wages.
Having workers organize and bargain for their livelihoods has become one of our strongest American values. There are still some people who believe that "Labor" is bad, oftentimes equated with another capital-L word that is sometimes said with derision.
I for one am grateful for those people who climbed up from the depths, spoke out about their plight, and fought to make their lives - and the lives of others - better. In the end, we have greater productivity, a stronger workforce, and improved working and living conditions for millions of people.
Thank you to all American workers (and to workers around the world) who only want the best for themselves, their families, and their country.