Happy Labor Day America

Published September 1, 2014 by Mayr Berry

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The following information was provided from United States Department of Labor.

What Labor Day 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.

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The Founder(s) 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.

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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.

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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.

References:

Labor Day. (n.d.). Retrieved September 1, 2014, from US Deptarment of Labor: http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm

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Friday’s Summer Vacation Treat

Published August 29, 2014 by Mayr Berry

Friday Vacation Post

Feeling Playful

Today’s vacation treat post is about our connection to the playful nature of our joyful self. Dr. Chopra (2014) contends that according to Vedic wisdom, all creation arises from what is referred to as Lila, or cosmic play. He believes that expressing our playful nature is a valuable way to stay creative, receptive, and revitalized. When we have fun, we are dancing and singing along with the story of our life. We find our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play time not only makes us feel better, it spiritually rejuvenates us as well. Mindful practices can help return our awareness to that source of playfulness that dwells deep within, allowing us to bring this sense of fun and joy into our daily lives (Chopra, 2014).

Click on the photo below of Balos Beach Crete for a little playtime of the imagination on the Greek Islands. 

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Balos Beach Crete

This concludes our two week vacation-treat series. We will return next week with all new posts. Have a great holiday weekend everyone! Now go schedule some playtime!

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“Play is the beginning of knowledge.” ― George Dorsey

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

 

Vacation Week 2: Thursday’s Treat

Published August 28, 2014 by Mayr Berry

Thursday Vacation Day

Feeling Love

According to the folks at the Chopra Meditation Center, love is our joyful spiritual center. We don’t need to go anywhere to find love. This is love that never fades. We never lose this love because it comes from inside. We are our own source of joyful love. If we look for love around us, we are assuming we lack love, and that we can find it in another person. But, love is our nature; it is who we are, and it is as near as our beating heart. Chopra and his team assert that mindful practices can help us reorient our feeling of love to our spiritual core so that we no longer look for love, but bring a full loving heart wherever we go (Chopra, 2014). 

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“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”  — Meister Eckhart

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

Vacation Week 2: Wednesday’s Treat

Published August 27, 2014 by Mayr Berry

Wednesday Vacation

Feeling Peace

As a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, Dr. Deepak Chopra (2014) suggests that mindful practices can connect us to an aspect of our joy that expresses itself as inner peace. He further asserts that this is not the ordinary peace of mind or peaceful interactions we typically experience with others. On the contrary, this is a kind of permanent feeling of peace that comes from the soul itself, and encompasses all the other varieties of peace within it. The Bible refers to it as “the peace of God which passes all understanding.”

This level of peace is the core of stillness within that gives us steadiness and quiet comfort when circumstances in our life may be confusing, as well as when times are happy and fulfilling. This spiritual peace is our calm center that keeps our life in balance (Chopra 2014).

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“Happiness consists not of having, but of being. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself.” ― David O. McKay

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

Vacation Week 2: Tuesday’s Treat

Published August 26, 2014 by Mayr Berry

Tuesday Vacation Day

Feeling Inspired

The strategists at the Chopra Foundation believe through the practice of meditation, we are able to connect with our inner being, the source of all inspiration, creativity, insight and joy. Chopra (2014) contends that in opening our hearts and minds to pure spirit, we allow ourselves to take it in to recreate and to renew ourselves. In other words, inspiration is not only for artists and visionaries, we all benefit when our lives are refreshed and revitalized with spirit every day. Chopra and his team purport that meditation opens us to infinite possibilities that in turn allows us to remake ourselves anew each time we sit in silence. To feel inspired is to step into the present experience unfettered by past disappointments and future fears. From this state of mind, we are free to participate in the creative joy of life in the moment (Chopra, 2014).

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“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” ― Emily Dickinson

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

Vacation Week 2: Monday’s Treat

Published August 25, 2014 by Mayr Berry

Monday Vacation Day

Happiness is Our True Nature

Dr. Deepak Chopra (2014) postulates that we are used to thinking of happiness as a pursuit or the emotion we feel once we achieve our goals. However, he suggests that we approach the pursuit of happiness differently – internally instead of externally. In other words, rather than seeking one temporary joy after the next, he suggests that we explore the permanent and limitless source of joy that is our essence. Once we connect with our inner bliss, we find joy, understanding and fulfillment in all our actions (Chopra, 2014).

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Click on the image below for a short vacation video we created a few years ago with footage of a few pals hiking in the mountains of Greece.

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References:

Chopra, D. (2014, August 11). Expanding Your Happiness. Retrieved August 24 , 2014, from Chopra Center Meditation: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experience

 

Friday’s Vacation Week Treat

Published August 22, 2014 by Mayr Berry

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Friday’s Vacation Treat

Live Every Day as if it Was a Friday

Dr. Malhorta suggests that we do not trade money for meaning in our lives. Instead we seek and find a career that gives us meaning and all the money that we need. Finding meaning is the only way to live every day as if it was a Friday.

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She continues that we cannot live our life just waiting for the weekend. We must find something that excites us. As Dr. Wayne Dyer once said, “Do not die with your music still inside of you.”

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She suggests that it is our job in this life to find our music and go about the business of sharing it with the world. If we have not found our music yet, then we must keep searching. And finally, the good doctor subscribes that we do one thing everyday that makes us happy (Malhotra, 2014).

So from today forward, let’s be mindful to make it a Friday, every single day. What better day to begin than on a Friday! Have a great weekend everyone. We’ll see you back here next week!

Until then … stay organized!

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“I think we should be working for contentment . . . an inner sense of fulfillment that’s relatively independent of external circumstances.” ― Andrew Weil

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References:

Smita Malhotra, M. (2014, July 16). 8 lessons I want to teach my daughter. Retrieved August 17, 2014, from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/smita-malhotra/eight-lessons-i-want-to-teach-my-daughter_b_5565037.html

For more information on Mayr’s published works or to purchase any of Media Magic’s Business Life titles, please visit our website at: Media Magic’s Publications

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