09/01/2001 Happy Labor Day from St. Jude!
The newspaper headline greeting me this morning said it all: "Report Shows Americans Have More Labor Days". In a story confirming what many of us already know, Americans work more hours than anyone else in the world. And since 1990, we have added 36 hours (nearly 1 more week) to our yearly workload. We are now the most productive workers on Earth.
Great. Now we know why we're exhausted.
But while the article mentioned how these longer working hours have contributed to America's economic boom in the 1990's, there was no mention of what these heavier workloads are doing to us. You know, those things we don't like to acknowledge, like more stress between spouse and within families, frustration at having to spend so much time at work, fear that if you don't perform you either will be the next to be let go or worse, not keep up with the other "high performers". Sounds to me like the perfect recipe for depression and loss of hope. And that's not counting the many unfortunate among us who found themselves without a job. Their plight is even more difficult.
On this Labor Day, I want to urge all of you who are with jobs to first, stop and give thanks that you are employed, and second, remember you are more than what you do for a living. You do have a spiritual side that is there deep down inside, placed there by a loving, interested God. Take the time to get in touch with this side (maybe in between preparing those Microsoft Excel reports ;) .) And for those of you not working and in the grip of hopelessness, you must hang in there! Call on all your resourcefulness, toughness and imagination during this difficult time to MAKE that lucky break happen. And whether your pressures are the result of having or not having a job, I urge you to call on St. Jude to help. He wants to help you carry your burdens, so that you can know relief from your troubles. Our website makes it easy to publish your personal prayer to St. Jude--simply go to How To Publish A Message and follow the instructions.
I want to take the opportunity to wish you all a happy and safe Labor Day filled with joy, barbeques, some personal reflectionů..and no work!
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