Sunday, August 31, 2014

a labor of love

I don't get it. Labor Day is observed every year on the first Monday of September as a tribute to the achievements and ethic of the great American worker. The holiday offers a well-deserved respite from the daily grind, a chance to kick back with friends and family, or to catch up on sleep if that's what you need. But let's face it...not everyone gets Labor Day off. Some people have to get up early and put in a full day's work as if the tribute wasn't meant for them. If you pump gas, or wait tables, or work in retail...chances are you won't have the day off. You'll be busier than ever because today everything is on sale. People need to gas up the car to get to the mall. They'll need to stop for lunch somewhere. Thank God for you!

If you're a fireman, a police officer, or a health care worker...chances are you'll have to go in today, too. If you work at an animal rescue, or a nursing home, or a homeless shelter you may need to be there because some things just can't wait until Tuesday. Trust me...your dedication doesn't go unnoticed or unappreciated. You should take a bow for serving mankind when you should be enjoying a day off, too.

If you're a writer or an artist or a composer and you plan to stay home today...chances are good you'll be working, too. Revising a chapter or starting a new story, touching up a painting, or polishing up a melody. Why? Because that's what you love to do...and you have the whole day to enjoy it.
If you must work today--or you choose to work today--I hope yours is a labor of love. If it is, it won't feel like work at all.
"After love,
the most sacred gift you can give
is your labor."
~Donn Alan Pennebaker~
Happy Labor Day


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