Once again we enter a Labor Day weekend, a time to celebrate labor.  While I realize not everyone automatically has warm fuzzy thoughts about labor, nonetheless, I do contend labor is something to be appreciated, and even loved.

If you are fortunate enough to be in a working situation, now is a good time to be thankful you have that.  Many people are still searching for a viable employment situation.  Others are afflicted with any number of physical or mental ailments that rob them of the opportunity to work.  Take a fresh look at your current work situation and consider how you might reapproach it to everyone’s benefit.

If you are unemployed and searching for work, be thankful you have the opportunity to reinvent yourself.  As many people have experienced (me included!), many times a closed door of opportunity leads to an open door of better opportunity.  And be thankful for the extra time unemployment provides just to do some serious introspection, self-assessment, and reformation of your personhood.  Those endeavors are always good for our personal and professional growth.

Finally, to the degree you can, just enjoy taking some time off, paradoxically, to celebrate labor.  Our rest and recreation help us to be better in our labors.  “Off time” and “on time” have a symbiotic relationship.  Our off time recharges our batteries for on time.  Our on time challenges us sufficiently so that we appreciate our off time.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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