Feel Good Friday is a regular series to give you a smile, a chuckle, or a nugget of wisdom to get your weekend off on the right foot!
In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday in the U.S., I’ve been reflecting on the fact that being free and able to work—without physical limitations or cultural restrictions on my choice of field, and with the full assurance of a reasonable wage—is a privilege.
It’s a fact that’s easy to forget amidst Monday morning grumblings or post-work venting sessions.
I love this quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. not only because it reminds me not to take my work for granted, but also because it encourages me to do all my work to the best of my ability—with “painstaking excellence.” Because it matters. Even when it feels like it doesn’t. Especially when it feels like it doesn’t.
Here’s the full quote:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’ No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
No work is insignificant; no labor is in vain. That’s certainly something to celebrate.