We must not fail to realize that the innovations, systems and everything we see around is a product of labour; and labour is fueled by sound character. For instance, picture a brand new vehicle you desire to have, while you admire the finished product you see, thousands of parts have been put together with multiples of thousands of man-hours spent in labour.
No Labour is useless
Imagine the hours of labour that go into making the break pads? But can you imagine the beautiful car without breaks! That is how useful and invaluable your labour is. No labour is useless, and an end in itself; every labour feeds into another to make the whole. You cannot commit to true labour if it is not flowing from sound character; because labour has got to be with love, honesty and hard work. A labour devoid of sound character is a disaster waiting to happen. No labour is useless, no matter how little what it contributes.
Labour for What?
While we emphasize the importance of labour, we should watch what we labour for. Everything we see, good or bad, is a result of labour. You must labour for the common good; you must labour for what improves the well-being of society, no matter how little it is. The unbridled desire to be rich at all cost, has led to labour in all manners of dishonest things all over the world.
While the Government in Nigeria could do better in providing an enabling environment for all, the current status has created a die-hard “survive-by-any means” instinct in Nigerians. But we must choose not just to labour in anything other than to labour in love and honesty, living just and true so we can attain great lofty heights to build a nation where peace and justice reign. This is our National Anthem.
There is dignity in labour
Knowing how important your labour is, and that it must be about the right cause, you must hold your head high no matter what it is you’re doing. While it seems some labour have been common-sized, and people in it feel a sense of low-self esteem. However, you need to hold your head high because of the value you’re creating. We need to inspire everyone to see the dignity in their labour. Your labour is not useless because you are not useless. Every labour has dignity; while your labour may not make it to the big screens, it is still to be delivered with dignity.
You need to deliver your labour with self-esteem. Don’t underestimate your labour. Imagine if no one wants to “stoop” to labour in making the breakpad of a car! You could be sweeping the streets, be the office errand boy or a security guard, the CEO, CFO or a young executive with potentials; you must never fail to see the dignity in your labour. That will keep your head high and make you deliver excellence. There is dignity in your labour.
Author & Sound Character Coach