Labor Day

 Labor Day. A day of labor or a day off? What do we get with this uniquely American holiday? A day where many businesses close so you can go shop the holiday sales and eat with your family at a chain restaurant. Nothing is wrong with doing these things. Nothing is wrong with staying at home and doing nothing. Nothing is wrong with working today. But I caught myself wondering over the weekend where this holiday came from, why we celebrate it, and what is the purpose for it?

According to the US Department of Labor, Labor Day 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.”
Okay, easy enough. I can get on-board with a holiday that celebrates the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our county. Did you know they used to have parades for this? I guess in some places they still do, now that’s a celebration! I’ve never seen or been a part of one, but I digress. The point is there are lots of ways to commemorate the day.

If this holiday is about celebrating the strength of the labor force in America, then maybe taking the day off, or being a part of a parade, or if you really love your job, working, are all ways we can celebrate. As a new entrepreneur this day for me means the opportunity to work for myself. And while this means never really taking a day off, it did give me permission to post this a little later in the day on this Monday. It also gives me excitement for the rest of this year and into 2019. I’ll be gainfully employed and working alongside one of my closest friends to import some amazing wine from amazing people all over the world. That makes me feel pretty proud of the state of our economy.

Whatever you do today, I hope this day revitalizes you enough so that we can all celebrate our collective achievements again next year! Also, don’t forget to not wear white until Memorial Day. Now, if you’ll excuse me. Please celebrate this holiday how you best see fit. For me, my labor is something I really enjoy. I’m off to go learn more about wine and enjoy a glass or two.

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