Happy Labor Day!
Before I begin my Un-Manic Monday post, a little Labor Day history first, because we SHOULD know why we celebrate!
LABOR DAY: WHAT IT MEANS
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
LABOR DAY LEGISLATION
Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
FOUNDER OF LABOR DAY
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”
But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
THE FIRST LABOR DAY
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.
A NATIONWIDE HOLIDAY
The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.
The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.
The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.
I am going to jump to the conclusion that MOST of you are NOT working today! (yayayayay, good for you). If you are, THANK YOU! xoxox
I feel BETTER today. I, once again, feel like NOT exercising. This is so unlike me, and I can not help but feel guilty. I do not know why some days I feel like it and some days I dont. Do I listen to my body? force myself to do something? play it by “ear”….the silly things that give me and cause me anxiety. It DOES seem silly, but its painful in my head.
I would like to make my Monday un-manic by…..
- asking my dad to go for a “walk and talk” today , with the pups. We have a lot to talk about.
- letting go of my obsession to exercise. If I feel like it at some point, I will, if NOT, thats ok!
- Telling myself I am NOT lazy
- reading more of my book (I only made ONE chapter last night, and passed out!!)
- finding out some silly/unimportant FACTS to lighten things up (been doing a LOT of thinking lately)
- visiting my aunt and playing with my adorable little nephews!
- mentally preparing myself for work: new programs/systems, new students, new classroom set up
- relaxing my shoulders. I have to REALLY pay attention to them. I carry my stress in them. It causes me pain, and headaches. When I focus on the fact that I am tensing, it feels soooooooo much better
DID YOU KNOW???
- Angelina and Brad Pitt were “secretly married” (i JUST realized this, I must live under a rock). I am really happy for them!! I love that they “hid” it and did not make a big deal about the wedding, like most stars. This makes me like them BOTH even More!! Check out her ring here
- Hello Kitty is NOT a cat! What!?! Nope, shes a little girl, not a cat!
Someone paid $1, 375 dollars for an slice of Princess Diana’s wedding cake! On my mind
- Diets. I absolutely HATE that word. For me, diet started out with decent intentions and ended up in a full blown eating disorder that has taken me YEARS to accept and break free from. I understand if for health reasons you NEED to “diet”, however , if you are healthy, feel good and eat good food, do NOT worry about the number on the scale. PLEASE. Your friends, family, husband, children,dog etc, will love you no matter what your “number” is. If they don’t…….surround yourself with people that focus MORE on YOU and not your weight. Ask yourself , who or WHY are you trying to “diet”. Is it for your own health? is it to prove to SOMEONE that you CAN do it? is it to look good for others, or is it truly for YOU? For me, it was never about me. I always wanted to look perfect, great , beautiful, good for someone ELSE. I thought that maybe if i tried a little harder to be beautiful, the world, men, friends would accept me more and desire me. It was fake. It was NOT me. I lied to them, I lied to myself. I was a liar. In fact, it gave me satisfaction to prove to the outside world that I HAD the will to NOT EAT. I also felt GOOD telling people and forcing myself to RUN EVERYDAY. I also felt POWERFUL telling people I NEVER ran with music, or an ipad or headphones, because I didnt want to take away from “running”. I realize now how I fooled myself. Why did I care so much about what OTHERS thought? If you do not like me for ME, that is ok!! I need to love myself first!! Goodbye “diet” HELLO “Healthy eating”. I like that phrase much better
- 6 Signs of a Good Diet
- Is your healthy eating, really a DIET?
- 5 things I’ve learned by stopping dieting
- An Open Letter about Diets
- Healthy Eating ( i like this phrase much better)
1. Are you working today? If YES, what do you do?
2. One way you will make your Monday Un-Manic?
3. Do you use the word “diet”?