This month we celebrate Labor Day, a national holiday that was always intended to be a celebration of the American labor movement and a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
But today, in order to take advantage of large numbers of potential customers free to shop on their day off, Labor Day has become an important sale weekend for many retailers in the United States. Some retailers claim that Labor Day is one of the largest sale dates of the year, second only to the Christmas season’s Black Friday. There is nothing that is not on sale on Labor Day.
As for me, Labor Day is really a day to be thankful. Not thankful for a day off, for I am usually on duty over the holiday. Rather, in today’s market, I am thankful that I have a job…and one that is so rewarding and one that I enjoy so much. I always say that I like to have fun at work. What I really mean is that I need to find purpose in my work—and it is that purpose that makes my work so enjoyable. I have realized that for my work to be fulfilling and purposeful, and for me to be successful in any position, four core values must be present in the work that I do:
- I need to be authentically engaged and connected relationally in my work
- I need to operate within community, and one in which I can contribute
- I need an avenue through which to channel compassion
- I need the freedom to be creative
These are the things that make me “tick”. They are the reward that I find IN my work, not just what I get OUT of my labor. These are the reasons why I spring out of bed at the crack of dawn and rush off to work with a smile in my heart. Not everyone has the opportunity to find fulfillment in the work they do. I am glad, and thankful, that I find my labor rewarding and purposeful.
Don’t forget, Labor Day is important for other reasons as well. This holiday is also considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker. Keep that important tid-bit in mind. Also, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. So there are many reason’s to celebrate Labor Day. Whatever your reason to celebrate, I hope you enjoy togetherness with friends and family-centered around good food and healthy choices!
Finally, as you well know, Boulder operates 24/7. Many will be working to care for your needs on Labor Day. Kindly take a moment to thank them for what they do and show them a little extra appreciation this holiday. It’s always nice to know that your work is valued by others.
Happy Labor Day!