A Day to Celebrate Positive Energy and Potential

I just read that although some people regard Labor Day as the saddest day of the year--the end of the summer, the start of school. Others look at it as the start of all things new--new season, new clothes, new ideas. Some people treat Labor Day similar to New Year's Eve by making resolutions.

I came across a quote this morning that inspired me to stop allowing this ageism thing in entertainment to effect my self-esteem.

"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

How can a simple observance be so dang powerful?

As of today I resolve to laugh off those who fail to see the beauty in life experienced individuals. Their loss. What's your Labor Day resolution?


Cynthia said…
Thank you for posting that quote. I certainly needed to see it. I suspect it's going to show up as my email signature line for a while.

My resolution? Well . . . to get some serious work done. My work (writing) space has been cluttered with non-writing stuff for months now and I'm making the effort to either deal with it or move it away. I need to spread out when I work and I just don't have the open desk space for it right now. So that's part of my resolution.

I'm also working on finshing up craft projects (quilting mostly) that I've started then abandoned and are quite literally laying all over the place. I guess I'm right in the middle of an early Fall clean up, since the Spring clean up never happened for many reasons.
Tori Lennox said…
Eleanor was a very wise woman. :)
Alison Kent said…
This is my favorite time of the year. Every single birthday and anniversary in my immediate family (meaning me, the dh, the kids) falls between August 27th and January 9th. Plus Halloween (the dh's favorite holiday), Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. I don't have the kids going back to school thing any longer since they do their own class registrations and just say, "I need a credit card," when it's time to pay for tuition. *g* Plus, it will FINALLY begin to cool off again and start the best weather months we have here on the Texas Gulf Coast. I'm using today to do a lot of clean up (housework and other chores I've put off) and then start anew tomorrow!
Caro said…
Beautiful quote. There's another of hers that has been an inspiration to me for years: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dream."

I love Labor day and the signal of the return to fall and winter. I'm not a summer person and wilt in the heat. It often feels as if I spend three months hibernating and only return to life as the fall sets in. (I will not mention that today the temperatures in SoCal are going to hit the 100 mark.)

As for resolutions, I've taken up meditating in the morning before I get started. That's before I put pen to paper, or turn on the computer. Fifteen minutes of peace is a good way to start the day. That and cataloging the book collection. :)
T-Lo said…
I'm not sure if I have a resolution, but today's Labor Day was real special in a simplistic way for me. I can't really explain. But I do know I have this sudden new feeling in me. I feel so renewed and happy when I've been down for a bit. Saddest day of the year? I'm aiming for the best.
Beth Ciotta said…
Cynthia, you're right. That quote would make a great signature line. :)

I know what you mean about needing space to write. If my surounding are to cluttered it really starts to mess with my productivity. Write now my writing room looks like a disaster zone. Not good. Here's hoping both you and I get orgnized soon!

You quilt? We have a quilting club that meets at the library. I'm so fascinated by their work. What are you working on? A knitting club also meets at our library and I was thinking I'd really like to learn that skill. (Beth hears Anna Lucia screaming across the pond--"YOU DON'T HAVE TIME!) LOL
Beth Ciotta said…
Tori, she was very wise indeed. I found a couple of other quotes from Eleanor that floored me. Oh, to be that together. :)

Alison, fall certainly is a jam-packed celebration for you and your family. Jeez. Party hearty! As to the cooler weather, I appreciate that myself and I'm in Jersey. Can't imagine summers on the Gulf coast. God luck wrapping up your hores and here's to a new day!
Beth Ciotta said…
Love that quote, Caro. Thank you for sharing.

You and I are peas in a pod. I wilt in the heat too. Love the fall and mild winters. I'm more partial to my fall/winter wardrobe as well. LOL It's warm here in NJ today, but it sure ain't 100 degrees! Ouch! Stay inside, kid. As for the meditating, I would surely benefit from that. It sounds great. What I lack is the discipline to make it happen every morning. You're an inspiration. Peace and joy.
Beth Ciotta said…
T-Lo, I didn't realize you'd been feeling down. Sorry to hear that. However I am THRILLED to know that, for whatever reason, today you feel renewed! Keep buzzing with those good vibrations, my young friend. :)
Cynthia said…
By the look of my desk at this moment, it's worse now than it was this morning. But, I've learned that sometimes you have to make a really big mess to get organized.

Actually most of the mess is thread and pins and needles. I'm putting in a little work on a rose applique piece that I started recently. It's such a wonderful break from all the hand piecing I usually do.

My quilting is all over the map. But I really love working old patterns with modern colors.

I just have to learn to finish what I start. Of course that goes for everything.
Maureen said…
Humming(cause i can't sing like Beth)Its the most wonderful time of the year!.

yes I have enjoyed the summer and the time I have been able to spend with my family. In a way I will miss it. but the saying all things in moderation is true and its time for it to end.

I think there is a touch of restlessness that comes along this time of year that makes you itch for change. The new briskness in the morning air that makes you want to get down to business.

Thats what I plan to do, get down to business. Finish WIP's, organize premises for new ones and submit *deep breath*

A Quote for you:
"The perception of beauty is a moral test."~~Henry David Thoreau

And whenever the face in the mirror and the weight on the scale gets on my nerves...
"The Lord loves common-looking people, that is why he made so many of them"~~ Abraham Lincoln
Beth Ciotta said…
"My quilting is all over the map. But I really love working old patterns with modern colors."

I love the sound of that Cynthia. I bet your quilts are really unique looking. God luck with your current project. I know all about the terrible curse of starting a billion projects and never finishing half!
Beth Ciotta said…
Um, that was 'Good' luck, Cynthia. Not 'God' luck, but I guess that's swell too. LOL

Maureen, sounds like you had quite the summer. I agree, there's something about this season that makes one itch for change. Best of luck finishing up your WIP and fingers crossed for good news on your submission. Send, send, send!
I adore both of the quotes you shared. Thank you so much. Lincoln's made me smile. :)
Julia Templeton said…
Eleanor Roosevelt was such a wise woman. I have several of her quotes on my office wall...right alongside Freud and Mr. Randall Wallace ;).

As to resolutions——to quit stressing about things I have no control over.
Beth Ciotta said…
Julie, I bet the quote you have posted by Mr. Wallace is the same one near and dear to my heart. *g* As for your resolution, it's one we should all adopt. Here's to a strees free fall.
Anna Lucia said…
I'm so glad to see you posting a resolution like that!

My recent resolution has been to "let go" and stop trying to own bad things. :-)

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