by Cami Allen Lewis
We celebrate Labor Day every year… what are we really celebrating? Does anyone really know the origin of the holiday any more?? I certainly didn’t until I got an email from my Aunt wishing me a happy Labor Day and detailing the history of the holiday. But it got me to thinking about the word “labor”, the different definitions, and the many ways it shows up in our lives.
For purposes of this writing, I chose the following three definitions:
1) productive activity, especially for the sake of economic gain;
2) physical or mental work, especially of a hard or fatiguing kind; toil or
3) the physical effort of childbirth
I think we all would like to “live” in the area of definition 1 right? Productive activity… While economic gain is nice, we also want to be productive in our lives physically, spiritually and mentally as well.
To me, in terms of our own personal growth, all three of these definitions can apply.
Sometimes learning and growing, facing challenges and overcoming them to create the life we want is hard work physically, spiritually and mentally!
And when we get there and look back on our progress and growth, we may say it was a labor of love, not unlike birthing a child. A long, extended, sometimes emotionally painful labor to get from where we were to where we are now. But oh, the view from the other side!!!
Being self-aware and doing the work to grow and improve ourselves, our lives and hopefully the lives of others in the process, is important. And though there is labor involved, there is much to gain!
What are you “laboring” at in your life right now? Where would you like to see yourself in the future?
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