According to a common belief, God sends everyone in this world with two hands and a hidden trait that is his real treasure to serve others with, in addition to earning his own livelihood. He expects everyone to work hard and contribute to the progress of the country and the well-being of others by working continuously and joyfully. And this demands ‘Labour’, that is not to be shirked or avoided under any circumstances.
Those who love it rise in life, but those who despise labour remain static and lag behind to shed tears, later on. A laborious man is honest and persevering. He lives a hard life, earns very little money-but can look at any man in the face, for he owes no one anything.
He may not be rich, and may be forced to struggle each day to survive, but he is a real hero in the battle of life. Contentment and satisfaction are assured for him.
Abraham Lincoln, the famous U.S. President, commented that if God did not want us to work, he would have given us no hands. Truly, it is only through toil and sweat that man can get things done. We would have no food, if farmers did not work hard in sun and in shower.
We would have had no houses, if construction workers had not carried heavy loads to erect the building. Work is, indeed, necessary for every good thing achieved. And can you expect a good result in the examination, if you take your studies lightly and fail to burn the mid night oil? Hence, never look down upon a labourer, or express disgust at someone’s job.
Treat any type of work as worship and do it whole-heartedly. We should not feel ashamed to perform little tasks. Helping mother in the kitchen, dusting the house, fetching groceries, or handing a spanner to father, while he repairs a bicycle, are simple tasks that should form part of our daily routine. Do not despise to keep the class neat and tidy, or to plant a sapling.
Many people wrongfully shy away from helping others merely because they consider the job below their dignity. There is no disgrace in helping a teacher to carry books, or lifting a load for a labourer or helping a blind man cross the road, or playing with a weeping child to keep him in good humour. No work is inferior and so no person, who himself does any work, is to be looked down upon.
Having servants at home should not prevent us from performing simple tasks, or from treating servants with dignity. There is false pride in believing that labourers are to be despised upon and that work is only for the unfortunate.
The reality, however, is that God has given us hands and so we must work. Through work alone can one hope to attain mental peace, emotional balance and physical health and well-being?