Truly observe Labor Day. If you live and work in the United States, this day is for you. If you’re like me, it’s easy to just think about it as a long holiday weekend without really giving too much thought to what we’re celebrating in the first place. In fact, for many, Labor Day has come to simply mean the end of summer. But, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, it was actually created by the labor movement and is “dedicated to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”So, whatever your occupation and however you contribute to the wellbeing of your family, your community and your country, this day is for you. (And yes, if you’re a stay-at-home mom or dad, this means you too!)
Whether you’re grilling, sitting by the pool or ocean, spending time with your family, working or however you’re spending this day, I encourage you to stop for at least a moment and truly appreciate how you contribute every day. I also encourage you to offer gratitude for your job, profession, and the ways they let you contribute. Any job that allows you to make a positive difference in the world around you is important. While you may not absolutely love what you do, you have the ability to make a difference in one way or another every day – at the same time you may be looking for other ways to contribute. If you’re currently unemployed and looking for work, you truly know the value of the ability to labor and can celebrate that even as you look for ways to change your situation.
Acknowledging and appreciating the contributions of others is also important on this day. So truly thank the people that you come in contact with today for all that they’re doing as well. Enjoy this day to the fullest because it’s all about you!
If you want to learn more about the history of Labor Day, check out this article by the U.S. Department of Labor.