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Let’s play a word association game…

Let’s play a word association game…

By Paula Denault

I say “Work”

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You think…

Workin’ 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin’
Barely gettin’ by, it’s all takin’ and no givin’
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it.

Work.   Labor.  The first Monday in September is Labor Day.  For many people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer.  But what is Labor Day?  The holiday was actually created out of the labor movement in the late 19th century when the Industrial Revolution was at its height.  Laborers were organizing themselves into unions to fight for decent work conditions.    In 1894, Congress passed a law making Labor Day a national holiday to pay tribute to the men and women who worked tirelessly to make this nation great.

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As we take rest from our labors today, allow me to share a few quotes:

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Work doesn’t end with our jobs.  We go home and we “work” to provide for our family.  We give time to volunteer in our community.  Having been involved with Acting Out Theatre productions, people will often say to me, “Wow, isn’t that a lot of work?!”  Why, yes … yes it is!  There are many, many people putting in countless hours to turn one weekend of the summer into pure magic!  That’s work!  That’s worthwhile! A labor of love!

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So, my friends …

Enjoy your rest this long weekend, and then let’s get back to our labors for there’s much to be accomplished!

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