My Great Grandfather, maternal side, was a builder. Hmmm...more inherited genes? My Mother has records of who owed him what during the Depression, and she reminds me that he was kind and not demanding of people for payments. Apparently my Great Grandmother was also a self starter, and she was involved in direct sales - imagine! This, too, must be in my blood with my love of all the fabulous organic, sustainable, fair trade lifestyles that I encourage the world to embrace!
My maternal Grandfather was an electrician early on in his career, then became a minister in midlife. It is interesting that my own Father was also an electrical engineer, and, that through Building (Bau) Biology, my focus for many years was on the electro-magnetic radiation and now, the magnetic fields emanated from Himalayan Singing Bowls. For the past year+, I have also been a Prayer Chaplain at Unity Lehigh Valley. Whew...this is getting eerie - can it possibly be just coincidence that all this background has merged into what I pursue today in my own work?
Paternally, my Grandparents were the first of their family to come to the U.S.. Sent here, without their family, by their parents, at a young age. I believe my Grandmother was barely a teenager when they married and she started having children (while working!). Her life was more challenging than my other set of Grandparents, having 8 children (losing 1 at a young age), working, cooking, and a husband who also worked. They both worked in factories, and toiled long and hard. I can hardly imagine what thoughts they had of work. I think what kept them going was family. Work was just a means to an end.
Today we live in a country where people still give up much to come to and live the American Dream. Many Americans are wondering just what happened to their own dream. I always believe that things happen for a reason. It seems to me that what has happened economically in our country created a realignment of values. The happiest people that I know are those that appreciate everything that comes to them in their lives. Including their jobs. Which brings me back to today. Today let's honor all who work, and want to work. Be thankful for what you have and help out your fellow American when you can. Happy Labor Day!