Labor Day is Coming Soon

Next weekend is Labor Day weekend and the highways to cooler temperatures and recreational facilities will be bumper to bumper in Arizona. Everyone who has a chance will leave the scorching temperatures and cool off before settling into another year of school and work. Labor Day is the end of playful summer and the “putting the nose to the grindstone” concept of Fall and Winter.

Labor Day

Originally Labor Day celebrated the union worker, the laborer, back in the time of long workdays and few days off. It was designed to honor the social and economic achievements of the American workers and to give them a day of rest. 

We have forgotten much about this holiday and it has become a day of shopping and leisure. Labor Day “specials” are touted a week or two in advance – cars, appliances, furniture – you name it – are for sale at “all time low prices.” Buy now and pay and pay and pay later. It has become commercialized like all the other holidays.

We have forgotten much about this holiday and it has become a day of shopping and leisure. Labor Day “specials” are touted a week or two in advance – cars, appliances, furniture – you name it – are for sale at “all time low prices.” Buy now and pay and pay and pay later. It has become commercialized like all the other holidays – you can now even get  Labor Day cards by Hallmark.”

What about work?

But what about work? What about the laborer? How does it fit into self-improvement?

There is great honor in work, doing a job well, seeing something to completion. A feeling of increased well being comes from this. There is some confusion these days about work since so many are in 9 – 5 jobs just to pay the rent and put food on the table without thought to personal fulfillment and accomplishment. This is not to say that you cannot have these things from a 9 – 5 job because you most certainly can.

Doing work feeds your body. Doing work well feeds your soul.

Please notice that I did not say doing “important” work. Researchers, educators, professionals, entertainers, heads of corporations are considered “important.” But are they really more important than the person who picks up the garbage (remember the strikes that left garbage sitting in the streets for weeks?), or fixes your car, or serves your meal. Aren’t we all needed for the smooth functioning of society?

Think a Minute

  1. The chef is a key person in the success of a restaurant, but doesn’t it also need clean dishes and floors?

  2. Doctors and nurses are important in hospitals but so, too, are the housecleaning crew and the kitchen workers.

  3. How would you drive to work if no one built and repaired roads?

  4. If no one worked in an assembly line, would you have TVs, computers, cars, etc?

  5. What about the stay-at-home mom? She never stops and she has to wear many, many hats. What about her?

  6. The corporate president or the head of the law firm would be lost without the secretary doing all the behind the scene work—typing, filing, answering the phone and making him look good.

  7. How successful would the movie be if the star showed up but the “worker bees” did not?

  8. And how beautiful would our parks and recreation areas be if someone didn’t do the “yard work.?

We need each other

You get it. We all need each other.  Everyone’s job is important.

In the scheme of things all work is honorable and work well done gives the worker an inner satisfaction that nothing else can give.  And if you can find work that you love that lets you work with joy and satisfaction, all the better.

And so on Tuesday, go to work with a smile, knowing that work is honorable. Appreciate all those who made your job possible and your life easier.

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