In the aftermath of celebrating "Labor Day", I'd like to give you a gift.It's the gift of Perspective.
It's easy to bemoan our fates at times, and think we've got it really hard when troubles come our way. I do it too. High gas prices, unsure markets, rising unemployment rates, seemingly unresponsive government types trying to cram their agendas down our throats.
It's useful, though, to back away and see that struggling isn't a unique condition for us as human beings. It's often our natural state.
What's telling is how we react to those difficulties. That's how our characters are measured, as individuals and as a Nation.
I put this video slideshow together a while back because the subject matter interested me. I uploaded it to Youtube and then promptly forgot about it. I happened to notice today that its had around 3500 views.... which is pretty cool since I don't think I've ever linked to it anywhere. Watch it and see if it makes your modern day misery seem a little puny by comparison. I know it did mine.
Some people watch the video and see a condemnation of Capitalism, and a cry in favor of Socialism.... I don't see that at all. The generation that followed them had it better. The next generation had it better still. That's how its supposed to work, you know.
Each generation building on the one that came before, not robbing from the next one.
I see the faces in the video and wonder at their resilience, their grit, and their spirit. I'm thankful to have come from people like this, and I hope I do their memory justice in the way I live my life. I'm thankful for their sacrifices and the lessons their lives teach me.
Having a glimpse into their lives certainly makes me look at my own in a different perspective.