02 сентября 2019 в 19:09
brycedhoward #BDHBookshelf 130-ish years ago, several trade unions and labor movements in New York City were like, “Hey, this fourteen-hour work day is crazy. Let’s take a long weekend.” And little by little, states honored a Labor Day! Eventually the federal government caught up and in 1984, the party *officially* begun with Labor Day as a Federal Holiday. Cue the BBQs, picnics, and parades — all events to recognize the importance and appreciate the hard work industries put into their profession. The unions not only did this (thank you Unions 🙌), but also improved work conditions and enforced a more official 8-hour work day.
In freelance industries where having work isn’t always a given — entertainment business included — rest is often sacrificed for opportunity. Since our next job isn’t a guarantee, when we get one, our mentality quickly shifts to “go, go, go” without leaving any time or space to take care of ourselves.
Unions and other labor groups can only do so much. We as individuals and a community have to place value on rest, restoration, and health. And yes, it’s even more difficult now with technology that allows us to bring work home with us. But today, I’m taking a true break (after this post 😉) and I encourage you — if you can, even 5 minutes for yourself — to follow suit.
My recommendation: read a book! My Labor Day read is “Daily Rituals: Women at Work” by Mason Currey. It breaks down the rituals of successful creatives like Zadie Smith, Frida Kahlo, Martha Graham. And guess what? The majority of them incorporate breaks into their daily rituals because they know how important it is for mind, body, and soul to have time away from work to breathe, look at things from a distance, and switch things up!
Happy Labor Day online family! Make it a great day and a great week :) #BDHBookshelf