Labor Day – Celebrate, Relax, Refocus

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another. ~Anatole France

Welcome to September! Hope you’re enjoying your Labor Day holiday if you live in the States. If not, declare a personal holiday for yourself, and go do something fun.

Here’s a quick history on our U.S. holiday. 1882 marked the first U.S. Labor Day celebration when AFL leader, Peter McGuire organized a parade in NYC on September 5th in support of union workers.

Twelve years later, the Pullman Strike of 1894 resulted in 13 union deaths (interesting reading if you like history). Congress signed legislation making Labor Day a national holiday just six days after the strike ended. All states and territories, including the District of Columbia, have made it a legal holiday.

This weekend, as you celebrate with family and friends to mark the unofficial end of summer – whether you live in the U.S. or not – take a moment to be grateful for those who work on our behalf. Union or non-union, labor or management, owner or employee, we all contribute to the general good of society. We don’t say ‘thank you’ often enough for the blessings in our lives, including the flow of goods and services so readily available because of all the people who do their jobs.

Thank you. For everything YOU contribute to our lives, I am grateful. We couldn’t live as well without you! So today, tell yourself it’s OK to choose things that bless and pamper you. After all, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of or bless anyone else.

So, what’s your favorite thing to do? For me, it’s anywhere near a beach, although the Atlantic coast is not a good choice right now. Pray for all those families who were affected by Hurricane Irene last week. And continued prayers for everyone who has been in the midst of a natural disaster anywhere around the world. All the more reason to take time to enjoy your life – right now. Don’t wait for some future event (retirement, kids off to college, different job) to make time for yourself. Life is short – no matter  how much time you have!

Comment and let me know what relaxes and rejuvenates you – body, soul and spirit. Have a great weekend!

Be blessed. Be a blessing … and don’t sweat the small stuff! Talk to you soon.

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