What do you value today? Chances are this special day in America makes you reflect on all that is important to you. What is it about this date, 9-11?
Today in the Southeast many of us brace for the impact of Hurricane Irma. Most of us have remained glued to the weather updates and forecasts. Due to the wrath of this storm many are coming to terms with potentially losing their valuable possessions [or having lost items].
Thousands of families who have been forced to evacuate their homes were faced with the decision of what to take and what to leave behind. The thought of leaving some items behind meant that it could be gone forever. So, it forced the question of what do you value?
Some of our dear friends were faced with this issue of packing some items and trying to secure important items as they left their home on the beach last week. Their attitude about their “stuff” has been quite impressive to me. As Hurricane Irma changed paths putting their home squarely in the impact zone; the realization of a total loss has become substantially greater. Throughout this time of uncertainty they have remained resolute in that their family is safe and that most all “things” could be replaced. Clearly their values are placed in people and not things.
September 11, 2001 and the days following the terror of 911 also made people take pause and reflect on their own values. In the wake of 9-11 I have friends who changed jobs to move closer to family. Many people reached out to loved ones with calls or letters to mend broken relationships. Realizing the fragile nature of life either changed or reminded us about our values.
9-11-01 and 9-11-17 will likely be remembered for various and different reasons. This date of 9-11 has become even more important as a date of reflection to question our values. Hopefully, these dates may be remembered by you as a date when you realized that stuff is just stuff. Place value in your relationships and care for them more than you care for your physical possessions.
I’ll close with one of my new favorite quotes. It is from Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus, together they are The Minimalists.
“Use things and love people, the reverse never works.”
Image Credit to Reuters/Lucas Jackson and Drive Media
Everyone enjoys Labor Day but how did it get started and why? We probably should take a few minutes out of our picnic today and thank our Canadian friends.
Although political rhetoric and in-fighting is at an all time high; the fact remains that The United States of America is the greatest country in the history of the world. Our country was founded on the idea of self-reliance and the ingenuity of individuals who work. They work in order to add value for themselves, their families, community and country. However, like many things we, Americans, sometimes borrow ideas from other countries and before long they’re believed to be our own creations or an inherent American idea.
So, did you know that this day which is set aside to recognize the economic and social impact of those who work in our country was originally a Canadian idea?
Many argue that Labor Day was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May of 1882, after witnessing the annual Labor Festival in Toronto, Canada. In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed into law this day as a National Holiday. Since that date we have set aside the 1st Monday in September to recognize the economic and social contributions of workers in our country.
As we celebrate the day with picnics, barbecues, and parades with friends and neighbors; let us not forget the reason that we celebrate. Today we celebrate the ingenuity, diligence and the hard work of those who get up each day to add value to society. So, regardless of whether Labor Day was our original idea or not; thanks eh, to all of you who work each day.
Labor Day 2017 is on September 4, 2017
Labor Day 2018 will be observed on Monday, September 3, 2018