There are times when we lose sight that the obstacles we meet on the journey are part of the trip. They prepare us for what is yet to come. The drudgery of everyday life, the hills and pits we must maneuver over and through strengthen and make us wiser. In Blessed Be Drudgery William C. Gannett brings us to this realization and beyond.
"And our Ideals may seem dead and faded and beyond our reach. The following chapters will teach us, if even that be so, how we may "idealize or Real," how our Drudgery may become our Blessing, how the Failures, the Burdens, the Temptations, which we are lamenting, may prove our best Friends on the upward way."
William Channing Gannett was a Unitarian clergyman and social reformer. Gannett received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degree from. During the 1860's, he spent three years working with freed African Americans in Port Royal, South Carolina. From 1865 to 1866, he toured Europe. In 1868 he graduated from its Divinity School and became a Unitarian minister. Gannett was known as a prolific writer of Sunday School lessons and hymns, and contributed to Unitarian journals and poetry books. He was an editor of Unity Hymns and Chorals. He published Of Making One's Self Beautiful (1899) and A Wicket Gate to the Bible (1907). In 1896 Frank Lloyd Wright designed a book entitled The House Beautiful around an essay that Gannett had written.