. . . and on the seventh day God rested. Genesis

Celebrate Labor Day by resting! Now, if God can take a break, so can you. Where did this concept come from that says you have to brag about how hard you work and how many hours you put in? The key to prolonged runs of work is to love it, because loving what you do energizes you. If you work forty hours a week from the age of twenty until you’re sixty-five—excluding two weeks of vacation every year—you’ll work 90,000 hours over your lifetime. If you don’t love what you’re doing, that’s a waste of a lot of life. Even if your work is regenerative, it’s still vital to your wellbeing to have a breather at least weekly—running yourself into the ground is not a healthy approach to a joyous, abundant life.

Labor Day was first celebrated in the U.S. and Canada in the 1880s and became a national holiday in 1894. What’s interesting is that it has now turned into a major shopping day. Does it seem rational that many employees find themselves working harder and longer hours on a day that’s supposed to honor the work force? If you find yourself shopping on Labor Day, remember to pause and say thank you to those who are serving you.

Spiritual practice: Commit some of this Labor Day to an extended period of not doing, just being in the recharge mode.

Affirmation: I am worthy and entitled to continual replenishing times in my day, week, and life!

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