Labor Day—the ironic holiday well worth celebrating!
I always thought it a little strange that we celebrate our labors in America…by not laboring. After a little research on the origins of Labor Day, however, I realized why it’s so important--compare the working person’s life in the late 1800’s to now.
With these eye-opening facts in mind, here are 7 reasons to be deeply grateful:
-working week; the average was 7 days for 12 hours!
-our children; children as young as 5 or 6 worked in dirty, dangerous jobs for pennies
-safety; most workplaces lacked fresh air, cleanliness & work breaks
-hard road; most new arrivals to America endured a miserable work life
-labor relations; violent strikes forced employers to improve working conditions
-paid time off; what the heck is that?!
-some still sacrifice; many work on Labor Day to help make the day special for us
We have so much to be grateful for! Take a moment to thank your server, the cashier, the gas station attendant, the police, the emergency workers, the doctors & nurses, and the airline employees, to name a few.
If you’re blessed to work for a great company like I am, express your gratitude to the ones who entrust their customers to you. Happy Labor Day!