Live to work, work to live. That motto is most American’s way of thinking. We put so much emphasis on work that even in social situations, one of the most commonly asked questions is, “So, what do you do (for work)?”

At worst, we judge people on the industry they work within and at best, we celebrate that every job helps keep our economy going. No matter what our work situation, we let it define us as a person.

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. (https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history).

That’s great and the term “Labor Day Weekend” has become a way to take off work and relax. Are we taking advantage of a well deserved holiday? Or do we keep our laptops, phones, and televisions within a five-foot radius in case some work “has” to be done?

To have a working, successful society and a purpose in life is important. Time off work should be used to reflect on the fruits of our labor. Decorating a house you were finally able to afford, catching up with friends or even reading a book. This should be a time where you can stop and see what you have accomplished and give gratitude and honor it. No one ever said on their death bed, “I wish I would’ve spent more time at work.”

The best thing about Serenity Farm and Farming4Hunger is that work is being done daily and the visibility of the growth that this work accomplishes is practically instant. However, instead of working more when it’s time to check out, we come together and share life stories. We build friendships. We thank our higher power for life itself. We search for ways to make life, as a whole, more meaningful for the community and ultimately ourselves.

Volunteers who give their time here are feeding themselves spiritually while physically feeding the needy. Our pre-release program gives good men a second chance to see the world and themselves differently. Those that visit the Memorial Garden to remember loved ones that have passed gives them comfort that takes away the pain if only for a moment.

Life is work; life is Labor. Take this time to celebrate Life and all that you do on a day to day basis. Jobs come and go, but with life, you’re in it ‘til the end.

For more information on how to volunteer or donate to Farming4Hunger, visit: www.farming4hunger.com

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