The lake is quieter today … with fewer boats on the weekday, and less motion.
The celebration of Labor Day signifies the halting of work, and the pausing of life's "gotta do's" to celebrate life around us.
Labor Day, intended to celebrate the achievements workers made to move this country forward, originally signals the end of summer. It also falls halfway between the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, and it became a federal holiday in 1894.
While in Italy recently, I was strongly reminded – as my daughter tried on shoes minutes before 1 p.m. – that the term “siesta” is well known there. Siesta, which means “nap” in Spanish, is known in Italian as “riposo” – and it is a daily ritual for Italians. Shops and museums close, as everyone takes an extended lunch hour (or three) during the hottest part of the day.
Here in America, we never take a break. We continue to try to catch up all day long, exhausting ourselves so much that we can't even enjoy the time when we are able to take a vacation.
So, this month, think of yourself as an Italian. Enjoy a riposo. Head to one of the area launches, or visit a friends’ screen porch, and soak in the gift that is just down the road. Lake Tuscaloosa is one of the few lakes in the state that is not drained by this time for the sake of power production.
Life is to be lived, not endured. Find your midday “riposo” or “siesta” each day this month, and see how it spikes your creativity and productivity.
Have a blessed September,