Happy Labor Day! You may think a vintage World War II poster of Rosie the Riveter an odd graphic for a day celebrating men and women workers, but I believe this poster expresses perfectly the spirit of the United States' laborers--as well as those of other countries around the world. Here's why:
We - not I, not you, but we working together can accomplish a great deal. Teamwork. Each person doing his/her best to solve the world's problemns. Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Can - Not might, not may, not try, but can. Resolute. Won't quit. As Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never give up!"
Do - Not waiting for someone else to solve the problem, but doing something about it. As Larry the Cable Guy says, "Git 'er done!"
It - Unamed because whatever the task, we will resolve the problem. Perseverance. Working together, we can accomplish amazing things. Calvin Coolidge said, "Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded Genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent."
We Can Do It! We can eliminate illiteracy. We can feed the starving. We can house the homeless. We can soothe the grieving.
As Ghandi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Happy Labor Day!