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Appreciating the meaning of Labor Day

May 1, 2011

May 1 is celebrated as Labor Day or May Day in many parts of the globe including my home country Denmark. In the US and here in Canada, Labor Day falls in September.

For many American and Canadian families, the Labor Day weekend is a time to celebrate the end of summer with backyard barbeques, downtown parades, and picnics on the beach.

But Labor Day is first and foremost a celebration of economic and social achievements of workers all over the world. Thus, in many countries, they spend the day in strikes and rallies instead of barbeque parties.

For us who are taking part in the movement towards personal empowerment and transformation, it is a especially significant day because it brings to focus the dignity of labor and the value of each person’s specific contribution to the workforce.

Labor Day reminds us of the innate equality of our work contribution. Whether we work as managers or messengers, as hospital specialists or beauticians, as pilots or drivers — all these do not matter as each has a specific and distinct contribution to make our society grow.

So, allow me to use this occasion to thank everyone for the specific work you are doing to make my world a better place – the cooks and servers in the restaurants, the farmers who produce the food, the fishermen who provide us with seafood, the drivers who make commuting possible, the people in the government, the police, the firemen, there are just too many to mention. But to all of you, let me say thank you. Happy May Day!