As you know, we celebrate Labor Day on Monday. The Department of Labor’s website says that the holiday 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.”
The history is not completely clear, but many believe that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
Delving and carving? Sounds like hard work to me.
I was thinking about the relationships in my life where there is alot of work. Keeping in mind that we really have “relationships” not only with people, but with our bodies, our money, and pretty much every element of our human experience.
Not only can our relationships sometimes be alot of work, we might even find ourselves in a hostage situation. Do we stay in a job situation out of fear that we can’t get anything else? Or in a relationship with a partner that really is anything but a partnership–but stay out of fear that that is the best we can do? Is the current roller coaster ride of the stock market keeping us from a good night’s sleep?
You remember the quote from A Course in Miracles that “I can have peace instead of this.” But we have to make the first move. In fact, we have to decide.
We deserve to do, be and have what makes our soul sing–to be free. Someone else’s truth may not be our truth. It is up to us to love ourselves enough to stand in our truth. Join me tomorrow morning starting at 10 a.m. for more on this subject. (And soloist and pianist Leslie Gold will be with us as well!)