October Value: Hard Work

This months value is Hard Work.

What does the value of Hard Work mean? How does it tie in with the other values of honesty, reverence, hope, thrift, humility, charity, sincerity, moderation, courage, personal responsibility and friendship? I believe we need to work hard to keep these values in our lives. We have many distractions that can pull us in an opposite direction. So, yes to work hard means to have the determination to go beyond the easy thing to do.

Many of us have worked hard to provide for our families, to give our time, talent and treasure to our churches and our favorite charities. We work hard because these things have a value worth working hard for.

Being a member of the 9/12 Group has inspired me to get more involved in the political process. I see the value of working hard to ensure that we keep our Constitution as the law of the land and thereby enjoying those unalienable rights given by our Creator…life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe we need to step out of our comfort zones and work hard just as our founding fathers did. In May of 1787, our founders gathered for the first Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. They worked many long hours over one of the hottest summers that Philadelphia had experienced in over thirty years. Think, no air conditioning and the windows were shut for privacy. They had the determination to give it their all to have this nation succeed. The Convention ended on September 15th. Four long months and yes their hard work paid off.

As members of 9/12, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us in this upcoming election year. Our time, talent and treasure will be needed to support those candidates that do uphold the principles and values we subscribe to.

In closing let us remember the words of John Quincy Adams who worked so hard against slavery in this country and yet never saw the fruit of his labor. He said “Duty is ours, the results are Gods”. As citizens of this great county we must also do our duty and trust that the results are in God’s providence over us.


2 Responses to “October Value: Hard Work”
  1. EdFulop EdFulop says:

    One of my favorite quotes from Ben Franklin — and actually the current quote on my e-mail’s “auto-sig” — is “the Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself!” Another one of my favorites — and one that makes my daughter roll her eyes when I recite it to her — is by Thomas Edison; “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work!” My last “gem” for you comes from the movie “Catch Me If You Can” with Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio; “Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn’t quit; he struggled and fought so hard that eventually he churned that cream into butter, and crawled out of the bucket. Gentlemen, as of this moment, I am that second mouse.”

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