Thursday, January 7, 2010

In Praise of Work

In 2009 people with jobs worried about losing them, people who lost their jobs worried about finding new ones and freelancers like Divinipotent Daily watched their savings dwindle as clients canceled projects and slashed their budgets. But a new year can bring change. The first week of 2010 has a been busy one for me, and it's a good feeling. With the hope that the rusted gears of the economy are finally starting to turn, here are some thoughts about work, illustrated by a few of the magnificent posters created by artists and writers working for the U.S. government's Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.

“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.”
~ Oscar Wilde

"What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us."
~ Julia Cameron

"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
 ~ Thomas Jefferson

“In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it.”
~ John Ruskin

"Who was it who said, 'Blessed is the man who has found his work'? Whoever it was, he had the right idea in his mind."
~ Mark Twain


  1. Michele,
    Thanks for posting your work images. Thought-provoking and amusing at the same time.

    Happy New Year.

  2. Thank you, Sarah. And Happy New Year to you, too.