Happy Labor Day!

The first Monday in September is commonly known as Labor Day. This day was created to honor the social and economic achievements of the American workers both past and present that have dedicated their talents and efforts to make our country what it is today.

The first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882 and on September 3, 1916, Congress passed the Adamson Act, which is the federal law that established an eight-hour workday for interstate railroad workers. The Supreme Court constitutionalized the act in 1917 and on September 25, 1926, Ford Motor Companies adopted a five-day, 40-hour workweek.

So, that was a brief lesson on Labor Day and the reason why some of us have the opportunity to take a pause from our daily working duties. But I would also like to point out to the non-workers who by their own choice have decided not to work due to their laziness. Laziness is defined as the quality of being unwilling to work or use energy or idleness. According to Christian tradition, laziness is considered one of the seven deadly sins and the one that is mostly overlooked.

Laziness comes in many different shapes and sizes. It is not just the fact that you don't want to work but it also includes not dealing with your responsibilities, or not confronting someone because you are afraid of the consequences. Some characteristics of lazy people are; they tend to delay their work, blame others and try to make excuses, they also tend to do what they want to do rather than do the work that might be assigned or given to them. These characteristics make a person self-centered and not a team player.

How does one stop from being lazy you might ask? The easy and non-political answer is by having purpose and discipline. Purpose requires courage to face yourself or whomever you were trying to avoid and the discipline to say no to the distractions of life that will alter your purpose. #SPEAK2MYHEART



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