In years past, Americans have typically looked at Labor Day as a day to relax and have fun with family and friends, barbeque, and beer. While much of that is still true, this year requires a different level of introspection than in years past.

As you all know, we are living in crazy times with covid. Schools are reopening and kids are getting sick, hospitals are back at capacity, and we are being told that this year is somehow worse than last year. The mental and emotional stress this has caused has clearly taken its toll on the workforce. In fact, Nike announced they would give a whole week off to their employees as a “mental health break”.

With all that’s going on, I can’t help but think about all the essential workers like hospital care givers who are on the front lines, but I also think about the waiters and waitresses that must deal with people in-person to make a living. With people testing positive on the rise, I cannot think, at least in recent memory, of a Labor Day holiday that could not have come at a better time; a day where, no matter what you do for a living, you can escape the craziness of the world and be with the people whom you love.

This year for Labor Day we should all take some time to be thankful for the life we do have and appreciate all the workers that make our lives easier. Here’s to all the hospital care givers, educators, people in service that take the risk to make our lives better: we are grateful.

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