Happy Labor Day!

I love the fact that our hard working Country values a special day in the year to stop and celebrate how very hard at work we all are most of the time…Crazy to think it takes a National Holiday to allow us to stop…to recognize the passionate pursuits of those who came before us, to appreciate our own efforts… to slow down a tid bit, and to smell the late summer roses {sunflowers!!!}

A brief little wiki of this free day’s point of interest >> along with some particularly captivating black and whites I found here

“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.”

"Children march in the 1963 New York City Labor Day parade. Since the very first celebration, Labor Day has been a time for families to relax and have fun."

“Children march in the 1963 New York City Labor Day parade. Since the very first celebration, Labor Day has been a time for families to relax and have fun.”

"An illustration of the first Labor Day parade, held on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union to exhibit "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, and to host a festival for the workers and their families."

“An illustration of the first Labor Day parade, held on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. The holiday was organized by the Central Labor Union to exhibit “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, and to host a festival for the workers and their families.”

"Members of the Bakers Union Local 78 march in the Detroit, Mich., Labor Day parade. Date unknown, likely 1950s or 60s."

“Members of the Bakers Union Local 78 march in the Detroit, Mich., Labor Day parade. Date unknown, likely 1950s or 60s.”

…and on the note of working hard…I recently guest posted for Splits59 (a lovely pilates/yoga brand I wear..) on the power of words — mantras in particular — which I thought would be a positive note to start all of our weeks on…So if you have just a minute on your well deserved day off, pop over here to read all about it!

Labor Day Marches & Mantras

~p.e.

(All pictures and quotes in this post were borrowed from this most informative link: http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm)