It came in a flash, but it’s here – September 7th 2015 also known as Labor Day. I’d be a hypocrite if I told you to do as the holiday implies and go to the beach, host a bbq or head to the carnival instead of work. Though, I’ve written this post in advance of this eagerly awaited holiday, I’m most likely working on something. It’s possible I’m working on an ebook, choreographing some songs for Zumba, drafting blog posts, or filling in some surveys. Whatever it is, I’m certainly not frolicking at the beach.
That’s just the reality of life. Bills don’t stop coming in because of the holiday. Deadlines don’t go away because of the holiday. And the desire to bring in the bacon doesn’t disappear. So we work even on a day such as a labor day, which is meant for use to take a break.
While that tidbit may be disappointing to many, I’m ok with it. Why? Because although, I am working today I’ve decided to only work on the things that I love or will eventually bring me love. That means, I’m avoiding the accounting, budgeting, follow up calls, filing and all the other unnecessary evils that come with being a self-employed individual.
The way I see it, we have enough to bring us stress and headaches. Why waste any more time than I have to working on things that don’t exactly make me smile… especially on a day I shouldn’t even be working according to holiday standards. If I’m gonna work today it will only be on the things that make me smile. And eventually, it will make others smile as well. Rather than do nothing, I’ve decided to do something my future self will thank me for. Luckily, that involves doing something I love while bringing love to others.
It took me a while, but I’v learned that when you do something you love, others benefit just as much as you do. Your labor of love will bring you freedom, balance and another reason to smile. It will be that same happiness and freedom that your labor of love brought that will make you more available to your family, more delightful to be around and more likely to give back to others. It’s a win-win situation.
So on this Labor Day, whether or not you have work make sure whatever you do is done out of love.
TERRIfic Quip: Don’t pick a job based on it’s vacation time. Choose a job from which you don’t need vacation.