I have to admit that I’ve always been afraid of labor.  Not the “push-up-your-sleeves-and-get-something-done” kind of labor; but the “agonizing, epidural-craving-eighteen-hours—with-my-legs-up-in-stirrups” kind of labor.  I’m sure that this will sound completely self-absorbed but, honestly, that kind of labor has always seemed like, well, too much work.

The current epidemic of pregnancies among my friends from college has, however, made me re-evaluate my position on the matter.  And when I stop to consider the result of that labor, the fruits, so to speak, in comparison to the struggle, I find myself warming up to the idea, a little.

The notion that my labor could actually produce something that I can cherish, love and be proud of for the rest of my days actually transformed the notion of that labor, for me, into a noble concept. And when I reconsidered that other type of labor, I realized that the same holds true for it. Regardless of your station or occupation in life, if you can honestly say that the result of your work somehow positively impacts the world around you, then doesn’t the fruit of your labor make up for whatever hardship you may endure along the way?

Throughout this September “Labor issue,” we’ll feature men and women who measure success, not in dollars, but in degrees of positive societal impact.  In our “G.O.A.T.” feature, we’ll take a look at some of the wealthiest men who’ve ever lived and spark debate about which of them was ultimately the greatest.

In “What He Wants,” Drew Allen offers essential tips on how a busy woman can successfully bring home the bacon and satisfy her man.  We’re proud to once again feature our coverage of the iconic Macy’s Passport Glamorama show in our “Fashion & Beauty” section which, this year, celebrated 30 years of stylish service to men and women currently battling HIV/AIDS. 

Our “Mr. Right” feature will showcase two sensational speeches from the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions. And this month’s cover story will recognize some of the most respected and powerful women whose professional touch helps keep the National Football League running as smoothly as silk.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr once said that “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance, and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”   Each month, our team devotes itself to producing content that is nothing short of excellent, and we measure our success in your satisfaction. Your continued support of Wiles Magazine makes every deadline, every revision and every long day and sleepless night worth it.