Labor of Love: Taking time to appreciate your work on Labor Day

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Qiana Baker sets up shop right outside Star Market for a job you can tell she adores.

She’s there selling BBQ, even on Labor Day. Cars pass the market, and Baker calls into the sweltering end-of-summer sun, trying to move her wares to motorists.

Even with sweet smells of smoked meats pouring from her work station, she watches for opportunities to take on her favorite part of the job.

“Building a rapport with the customers,” she tells us, “It’s more like a friendship.”

Baker says she likes working at Star Market,  “Yes, I do.  Yes, I do. And I have had jobs where I sit in the parking lot and think, ‘Ugh, I got to go in there.’  But here when I step in the door, everybody hears my mouth.  Oh, Qiana is here. It’s like a family oriented environment.”

Selling off chicken may not seem like an ideal holiday, but really, in name, it’s a day dedicated to valuing hard work.

It’s simpler when you take joy in it.

Baker agrees, “Yeah, it’s a lot easier.  It’s like once I initially get up and get started, it’s not a problem. It’s not a problem. And very seldom do people have jobs that they really enjoy going to. I enjoy coming here.”

A labor of love we could all do well to emulate.

After all, the Labor Day holiday can make your life better if you use it to find what you appreciate about your work.

Take five minutes and think about something you like about your job, something you appreciate about having it.

Focus on it Tuesday morning.

See if it doesn’t make your day a little easier.

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