Labor Day signifies a lot of things in the United States. It’s the start of school, the first weekend of college football, and that last chance to celebrate summer before the leaves start falling. It’s also a chance to be grateful for labor.
According to the United States Department of Labor website, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
Dedicated to social and economic achievements; a tribute to the contribution workers have made to the country. It’s certainly easy to overlook the meanings and origins of holidays like Labor Day. We can simply turn them into long weekends or we can take a few minutes to sit back and ponder what we have done as a people. In a political season that too often lingers on negativity; in a time where news media capture the worst in humanity; and when labor itself can become overwhelming and drudgery (if we allow it) – take pause to reflect on the work you do and how you create an improved condition for others. I recently advised a client to consider at the end of the day just one way in which she helped someone else, regardless of whether that person even knew it. Every day, through our daily labor, we improve ourselves, others, and ultimately our country. For that, we all should celebrate!
Best wishes for a safe and happy Labor Day. You deserve it.
Quote of the Week:
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
~ George Bernard Shaw
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