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September 9, 2011
For Love or Money...When There's No Money
 
Every year the meaning of Labor Day grows a little fuzzier. Has this past holiday that commemorated the social and economic achievements of the American worker lost its true meaning? While it was a day off for some, it was a haunting reminder of no job at all for many others. 
 
Labor Day (which, by the way, originally began on a Tuesday — September 5, 1882 — but now occurs on the first Monday of September) was a day created to recognize the contributions workers made to strengthen the well-being of our country. One hundred twenty-nine years later, the work force ideals have slightly shifted.
 
If you had your druthers, would you work for love or work for money? How many people are fortunate to wake up to labor for love (if they have a job)?
 
Jobs! Hmmm…this is one of the problems that President Obama is trying to fix. He recently sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid requesting the opportunity to lay out his jobs plan before a joint session of Congress (September 7 at 8 p.m.).
 
The meeting was moved twice, as it first conflicted with a Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library in California and next with the…Green Bay Packers’ (Super Bowl champs) opening kickoff game of the NFL season against the New Orleans Saints (Sept. 8 at 8:30 p.m.).
 
It seems that a speech of such great importance regarding our country’s economic growth (especially after learning that the U.S. economy added no jobs in August, the worst number since September 2010) could be squeezed in somewhere without so many (sheesh) problems! Let’s hope that when we finally hear the plan, it is one that can help everyone not only get the jobs they deserve but more importantly get the jobs they love.

Labor For Love Because It’s A Great Reason:

1. To wake up and taste the Starbucks.  

2. To put on your mojo.

3. To have a positive focus.

4. To shout, “Good morning, world!”
 
5. To enjoy the day’s work.
 
6. To feel gratified at day’s end.
 
7. To go to sleep fulfilled.
 
8. To awaken happily refreshed.
 
9. To begin another beautiful day.
 
10. To like your very worthwhile self and pay the bills!

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Phyllis Briskman is a verse contributor and does PR/marketing. She sharpened her first pencil as retail fashion copywriter, writing to count before Twitter tweeted its first hello. Later, she flew the cubicle to do freelance creative becoming a writer of all trades, from beauty to fitness for catalogs, magazines, and websites. Born to brainstorm, she's named retail businesses and website domains. She loves quick wit, survives on laughter, is a little hokey, but aims to please because that’s what life’s all about.

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