“Take my yoke upon you.” (Matthew 11:29)
My dad loved to keep busy; he was at his happiest when he was working on projects. While he worked for years at GM, he would come home and went into the garage or the basement and continued to work on his many side jobs. One of them was building or repairing wood steering wheels for antique cars that were displayed at Greenfield Village in Michigan. Wealthy men would often arrive at our home with broken steering wheels, asking for repair.
My dad was an architect and master carpenter. His degree came from England but mostly was learned from his dad who also was a carpenter and he built every piece of furniture in their home. I grew up immersed in the fragrance of sawdust and the sound of a ban saw as a constant soundtrack, mixed with the melodies of Count Basie, or Ella Fitzgerald coming from his sound system, which he had streaming all over the house. That was another one of his projects, a sound system that reached every room.
Labor Day is a day to contemplate how work is a gift of creativity to us. As creative beings, it is our nature to take our creativity and express it in many ways.
In Matthew 11:28 we read that Jesus said to us: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”
How does this relate to Labor Day? To me, it is about where we place our focus.
This is inviting us to rest, at least part of our attention on Spirit/God/Higher Self. When we are centered in our own Presence, we are open to guidance, to listen and to let the next step be revealed. The focus is not on the outcome; it is staying with the moment of creation.
In Anne Lamont ‘s book, Bird by Bird there is a story about her brother, when he was in fourth grade. He had an assignment to create a report on birds. The assignment was due in one month. He began the project the night before. He got all the books out about birds and sat down to write, but immediately became overwhelmed with the project. His dad, who was a writer, sat down with him and said start writing about this project one bird at a time. Great advice for us. Stay with the moment and create your experience one bird at a time, one moment at a time.
Rest comes naturally when we stay Centered in our Being.
Blessings for a Restful Labor Day