Thanks to its official designation, today is more like “Labor-less Day” rather than one of labor for most Americans. The holiday has been on the books since 1882 when the Central Labor Union created it as a way to celebrate its workers. We’ve been parading and picnicking ever since.

A version of Labor Day is celebrated around the world, but traditionally on May 1. It made the September calendar in the States to add a day off in the four months between Fourth of July and Thanksgiving when breaks are few are far between.

You should follow the Labor Union’s example and be deliberate about when you take time off. With the pandemic still present, it’s going to be a long slog through the cold months. Take a moment now to block out your own holidays and time for relaxation. Mark yourself out for a random Wednesday here and there to break up a week. Take off a Friday or Monday to make a long weekend. Carve out a few mornings where you can stay in the cozy covers instead of facing winter’s bite. Do it now, while your fall and winter calendars are free enough to allow you that flexibility.

All of us are engaged in some form of labor. Be intentional about taking a respite from it, not only today but on other days of your choosing.


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