This is a great day to honor not just the history of labor in this country, but your own labor. It’s a day when we fully appreciate the hard work of workers from businesses and government agencies both large and small.
Some might find it ironic that most companies choose to let employees take the day off on Labor Day, but it makes a lot of sense to me. We offer up our labors for many reasons—success, prestige, a paycheck—but you certainly don’t honor that work by working on the day meant to honor it. Everyone needs a break.
That’s especially true of you, the owner or employee of a small business. You work tirelessly to make your company a success, with an eye on capturing your community’s heart. You shovel snow first thing in the morning so that sleepy-eyed office workers with caffeine shortages can get a cup of coffee from your store. You donate your time and money to painting houses and local charities and bake sales. You work, in short, around the clock, even when you’re not working, because everyone knows you as Jim or Judy from the hardware store, and they have questions for you even at your son’s high school football game. Work, labor…whatever you call it, it’s a foundation of your life and quite possibly your identity.
So on this Labor Day, take a moment to celebrate your own contributions to your town, your city, your country or your world, depending on how global your reach is. You deserve not just a day off, but recognition for your labors. They make the world a little brighter for someone, somewhere, I can promise you that.
Happy Labor Day, one and all.