“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Thomas A. Edison
Suellewellyn’s Word-A-Week challenge “workers” has given me a welcome opportunity to feature one of my favorite subjects – everyday life. It is one of photography’s most difficult challenges, since most people tend to pose or freeze up at the sight of a lens.
“By the work one knows the workman.”
Jean de la Fontaine
Lately the photography challenges have led me to feature landscapes or flora/fauna. In fact, I find that focusing on people as they go about their daily lives often times can give us a more interesting perspective on the world at-large than a view of its scenery.
“There is joy in work.”
Both at home and while traveling, we find people hard at work, smiling or miserable….heads down or up….young or old….male or female. The challenge is to capture their spirits without infringing on their personal space.
“Look for peace and calm in work. You will find it nowhere else.”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Where there is a worker, there lies a nation.”
As we sit at the table, do we think about the farmer who worked the land, or the fisherman who braved the sea? Do we consider the trucker who delivered their bounty, or the grocer who stocked the shelves? As we enjoy the comfort of our homes do we consider the woodsman who felled the trees or the iron worker who fired the nails or the carpenter who finished the boards?
“Work as though everything depended on you.”
So many people work hard to ensure that we live safely, and in comfort. The recent horrors in Boston remind us of how difficult and dangerous the work of our police, fire and medical personnel can be, yet they show up each day, usually without notice or praise, to quietly do their jobs.
Let us all take a moment to think about what life would be like without the efforts of so many. And to thank Suellewellyn for reminding us to be grateful for them.
To see more entries in the Workers Word-A-Week challenge, click on the link at the beginning of this post.