According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "Labor Day, the first Monday in September, 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." I think the idea was to celebrate the hard workers of America with a restful day off. Unfortunately, Labor Day has become one of the biggest U.S. sales weekends, which means retail employees are working some of their longest hours of the year. Ironic, huh.
Even those of us that aren't told we have to work, are more times than not choosing to work. I (Frankie) was almost on that list this year. I am doing my family get together on Sunday. That means that Monday, while everyone else is out doing what they do and enjoying the day off I could have a peaceful day to work. No phone ringing, no thousands of emails, just a nice, quiet day to work. Wait. What?! Have I lost my mind? I am pretty much my own boss now. I don't have to work. Why would I?
I think with the hustle and bustle of the world and the need to make more and more money and to get more things done in the day, we are simply choosing to work when we should be taking some time for ourselves. I get it. I feel the need to work too, but you know what, this time I'm not going to. I'm going to take today off. Even if I sit on the couch in my PJs all day, that's okay. I need this time and so do you.
If you have the choice to work or take the day off this Labor Day, choose the day off. I promise you'll thank yourself come Tuesday. And thank you for all your hard work that helps make this country what it is and affords us the opportunity to take a day to sit on the couch all day in our PJs eating chips and binging on Netflix.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.