Written by Dr. Mark
I just finished reading through some articles on mammograms and how they are “pointless and dangerous” and was getting ready to write all about that today, but then changed my mind and thought I’d write about Labor Day. I’ve always known it as the day we celebrate workers but really knew nothing besides that.
Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor. “Labor Day” was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, which organized the first parade in New York City. In 1887, Oregon was the first state of the United States to make it an official public holiday. By the time it became an official federal holiday in 1894, thirty U.S. states officially celebrated Labor Day.
Neat, we’ve been celebrating Labor Day for a long time. When thinking about this it reminded me of a few separate conversations I’ve been apart of over the last few weeks, all on the same subject of how rich we are in this country. Even if we are poor in America, we are rich compared to the rest of the world. It can be so easy for us to get caught up in our lives, and the difficulties we face. They are true difficulties but I would guess a lot of these problems are simply inconveniences and not true problems. So what I’m getting at, like with most of these holidays, its really a good time to make sure to just take a moment to be thankful of your circumstance, whatever it may be. As bad as things may seem, we are still truly blessed in all we have. As screwed up as our country can seem in the government, in politics, and everywhere really, I’m still thankful to be a citizen here. I’m thankful for all the hard work that went into making this country and all the work that happens every day to keep it the place it is. I’m thankful that I have a place to work, where I can contribute to society by helping people live healthier fuller lives while making a living to support my family.
Please have a great Labor Day weekend with your friends and family, and don’t forget to take a moment to be thankful for all that you have.
Be Safe – Dr. Mark