Happy Labor Day

Labor Day is a holiday honoring working people. It is observed as a legal holiday on the first Monday in September throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Labor organizations sponsor various celebrations, but for most people it is a day of rest and recreation. The holiday also has become a symbol of the end of summer. In Australia, Labor Day is called Eight Hour Day, and it commemorates the successful struggle for a shorter working day. In Europe, Labor Day is observed on May 1.

–Santino, Jack. “Labor Day.” World Book Online Reference Center. 2006.

There are nearly 300 million Americans. Out of a work force of about half that number, 144.3 million are employed and 7.2 million are not, or about 4.8%, low in economic terms. And we Americans are perennially among the most productive workers in the world, meaning we continue to produce more per worker over time, rather than less, even as our population and the corresponding work force grow. Finally, studies here have shown that people with a sense of humor perform better at their jobs, and people who enjoy their work are more productive than those who don’t.

Steady ardour, slow and steady wins the race.
my sure-footed, methodical steps may not be your pace

It seems odd to you to stop and smell the flowers,

but what you call a break turns out an opportunity

plotting, planning, contemplating, the mind melds power

of research, speculation, data, and a stronger adversary it makes me.