Every Job Matters

I have had many jobs in my life and I have to say: I loved all of them. When I was young, I did not have this clear picture of what I wanted to be, as for me this felt awkward. What is there to be?

If I was asked the question by adults, I would answer with ‘a mother’, but this was more from a feeling that I needed to reply than that it was coming from truth.

I have never been the career type either, planning my future and needing a specific function within a company. For me, most importantly, working had to be about people: being with people and working with and for people. Everything extra was extra. And it had to be fun!

The beauty is, most of the jobs I have done found me, instead of me finding them. I always believed, and still do, that we are all needed somewhere to bring something and to receive something. There is a reason why we are where we are and from all of my jobs I have learned a lot, mostly about myself, but also about people and how to be and interact with one another.

I worked as a PR manager, I worked in a children’s day care center, I have made toasties in the smallest yet most popular Toasty place in Amsterdam, I have worked as a secretary, as a Management assistant in a bank and as a receptionist in a law firm. I have made breakfasts in a hotel, worked as a waitress at a lunch place, worked as a mentor with children who could not live at home, and for the past year I have worked as a receptionist in two different companies: a bank and an IT company.

When I applied for this job I was of the assumption, however, that it would be for a short time. Somehow a belief had come to the surface that this job was not ‘good enough’, that I was wasting my talents and that I could do much better.

Even though I could feel I was needed in these two companies, my mind was playing games with me. I started to compare my situation with people around me, with those who had jobs that I thought were more important, more busy, received more recognition and earned a lot more money. This has taken some time to let go of and at times I still compare.

The picture of what a working life has to look like, being a 43-year-old woman without a career, is heavily ingrained. Not only within me, but within society. We live in a world where having a career or having a certain job is seen as important, but also that some jobs are better than others.

We get identified with what we do, instead of just being who we are, and bring that to work, regardless of what kind of work. Working as a receptionist has taught me a lot, and still does. First of all, I don’t feel I am the receptionist, it is just a job I am doing. I come to work as Mariette, and I leave my work as Mariette.

I don’t change into a role or a function, I am just me, the same as I am at home. Secondly, I know deep down that every job matters and is equally important.

I am just as important as my manager, my HR colleague, the staff in the kitchen, the cleaner, the postman and the IT specialist. We are all needed and we all bring something unique. Thirdly, my sense of worth does not depend on what job I do. I am not worth more because of the job title I have.

My self-worth comes from within and how I feel about myself. My worth has to do with the relationship I have with myself, how I treat myself and has to do with who I am, not with what I do.

Working as a receptionist gives me the space to meet a lot of people, to connect and to talk about life and everything that has to do with it. For me it is not so much about the tasks I have to do, but far more about the connection I have with the people around me.

I bring my flavour, and my fellow receptionist colleagues bring their flavour to the job. Together we form an awesome team. Every single one of my colleagues is great at certain aspects of the job, and so am I (and with certain things I am not so great and that is fine too). I love going to work, and Mondays and Fridays are exactly the same.

Today, I have fully embraced working as a receptionist and the beauty is, I just have to bring me. Work is something I do, it is not who I am.

Every job matters. Not because of the job, but because we ALL matter, regardless of what we do. We are ALL of value and an equal part in the puzzle called life.

Deeply inspired by Universal Medicine and all those wonderful people that I meet every single day.

By Mariette Reineke, receptionist, Self-Care consultant, practitioner, PR manager, Amsterdam/Holland

Further Reading:
There is Honour In Every Job
Breaking The Consciousness of Being A Cleaner
Am I In The Right Job?

852 thoughts on “Every Job Matters

  1. Every job gives us different opportunities, a place to expand our expression to make a difference, our job does not dictate who we are, it is what we bring to the job that counts how we are with ourselves, so the more loving we are with the way we live the more that will be reflected in the jobs that we do.

  2. just imagine if this was on the top of every job application in companies, in governments, in schools,… Just imagine the different state of mind of the people interviewing if they really understood that every job matters, how important the cleaner is, how important it is to both honour and acknowledge that we all contribute energetically to the whole… A great article.

  3. Well said Marietta, whether someone’s job is a cleaner or CEO, they should be treated equally and treat all others equally so. There very much is strong advertisement of the fact everyone should have a degree, a high paying and well ‘respected’ title in a career. If this is the case, who will be cleaning the streets? Who will be serving those customers? Who will drive those buses? We must look deeper into what is needed rather than what society tells us is best for us

  4. I am at point where I would like a job but instead of focusing on the job and what I would like to do and getting impatient I realise with the support from this blog the job will come to me. All I have to do is be open, stay connected to myself and adore and nurture ME for who I am while I deepen my commitment to everything that is being presented to me now.

  5. Comparison is the easiest way to cap our light and ignore our true quality as we make another greater or lesser than who we are making it impossible to return to the true brotherhood where we come from.

  6. It is more than lovely to read how much Mariette Reineke appreciates herself and all the experiences she has had to date, counting each one as special and unique and valuable. This is what we all need to be taught as children; how to cherish ourselves no matter what job we decide to do, no matter how many jobs we try out. The important part of every work place is the people in it, and that is exactly what Mariette has brought to this blog.

  7. Great subject Mariette, I got to feel from this blog how much I have identified with it being indeed about ‘being worth something’ and that by more achievement in life, you count more! But what a lie is that, now being able to see and feel more clearly that it is not about achievement (jobs, roles, money, things), but actually the love in one’s heart.. I thought I had let go of this investments, but seemingly there is more for me to let go of.. and this asks me to surrender. Thank you Mariette, well written, which is healing for all.

  8. The interesting aspect to identify here is not about the status of the job but the quality in which you do it. I was recently watching a cleaner at my work place mop a bathroom area. The precision and detail that was taken to move items and the care in placing them back, stopped me as I was working back late one evening. It has shown me her dedication to the service she provided was not different to mine.

    1. I had a similar experience the other day when I was having a meal at a friends house. There was scaffolding being taken down by some work men and the care and precision in their work was awesome. I had never seen such grace in this kind of work before, the men were being so gentle with the planks of wood and the metal framework and also so considerate of each other. A joy to behold.

  9. I love this blog because it is so true. Everyone needs to read this – we are so identified by what we do and there is the unspoken word of what jobs and roles are higher and more powerful than others. I have worked in several different sectors have come to understand that it really doesn’t matter what we do it matters how we do it and the quality of expression in what we are doing.

  10. I once had a job that I thought would be for 3 months but ended up to be five years!!!! That is how long it took for me to learn the lessons I needed to there. Lessons about relationships with myself and others, how I am with myself reflects to others, to love others and not judge, to not hold back in being all of me, committing to life and most of all being true to what I felt in my heart.

  11. Thank you Mariette I love what you have expressed and shared with us in this blog. Indeed every job does matter; every part of the jigsaw puzzle is of equal importance. Along with this is who we are and what we bring to our jobs; a commitment and purpose from the heart is the key.
    “Every job matters. Not because of the job, but because we ALL matter, regardless of what we do. We are ALL of value and an equal part in the puzzle called life”.

  12. Mariette, I love the point you share about being the same at work as you are at home. This would be a great indication of knowing if we are living consistently as our true selves, as I feel most of us would have a career hat or a home hat that we don depending on if we are at work or at home.

  13. “Every job matters. Not because of the job, but because we ALL matter, regardless of what we do. We are ALL of value and an equal part in the puzzle called life.” How often do we look at things or people like this. We may say we do but from my experience there seems to be many versions of how we see things. I look around me and see my view obscured at times and yet I don’t want to admit it is. There would be many out there that would argue to they are blue in the face, me included. What is it that consistently stops us from seeing everything clearly around us, especially people and what we all bring. I know I find myself in situations at the moment that are unbalanced. I know I’ve walked into them but haven’t yet seen the steps clearly. I can blame someone else or I can try my best to see my part knowing that this will take care of the other parts.

  14. Beautiful every job matters, it sure does. Every job is a new opportunity that connects us to people, it is not about being attached to what we are doing but being aware that it is our connection with others that is what truly is the purpose.

  15. Beautiful Marriette, I couldn’t agree more. If we don’t appreciate who we are and what we bring with our every move, then we would never be satisfied with our job and forever seek more.

  16. I love this blog so much Mariette. When I read your words today I was able to feel that I still go to work in a ‘role’ rather than simply be Leonne at work. Up until now I hadn’t realised how identified I have been with what I do. Your story shows me how freeing it is to be yourself at work and I can feel how this paves the way for true connection with every person that crosses your path.

  17. Every day at work I learn more about what it is not to identify with any role or task. Any job can expose whether we feel better or lesser because of what we are ‘doing’. However feeling better or less is all the same as it identify’s us either way.

  18. Showing us something very important , something we must all deeply feel into – we are not what we do or how we become, we are our essence first. Fhat is derived from our Soul, nothing else.

  19. I have noticed that as much as I say I am not defined by what I do, there is an an underlying value system I place on what I do. It comes out in how I describe what I do to people who ask. I have to be sure to notice if I say ‘I am a …. xyz’ rather than ‘I work as an …ayz’. It is a subtle difference but it shows me how defined I am feeling about what I do.

  20. Many of us get brought up thinking we have to become something in life. Getting to know that life is not about fulfilling a role but about mastering being who we truly are in essence has changed everything about the way I look at and live my life and the world. Knowing that we could do anything for a living and remain who we are is such a powerful, confirming feeling.

  21. When we let go of being defined by what we do or seeking recognition or worth from our work we then create the space to enjoy more freely the expression of work we are offering.

  22. There are so many belief systems tied up in what job we choose to do, it feels like it gets more intense as you get older – like its okay to do some things when you are young but once we hit a certain age the same lee way is not applied. I was considering if anything was to happen to the business I built up with my partners, I might have to go work for someone else, it was a scary thought and I felt people would judge me for being an uneducated old waitress. This is so not true but that was the thought being fed to me. I really appreciate the reminder to value ourselves as people and never to get caught up in the details of what we do but who we are.

  23. When every job within an organisation is filled with people who love their job how beautiful it feels – there are times when I feel the harmony of every one working together with purpose and there is no better feeling. Unfortunately in bigger organisations it feels like cleaning is an area that money is tight, and cleaners are having to do so much in a short time that the work is no longer thorough, and this affects everyone. Every job is important and needs to be valued.

  24. I love this Mariette “Every job matters. Not because of the job, but because we ALL matter, regardless of what we do. We are ALL of value and an equal part in the puzzle called life.” What an amazing way to live fully who we are and loving ourselves and everyone equally.

  25. I am in a very similar situation with you – various job experiences with no career. Being able to appreciate ourselves in whatever job we do is fantastic (how many people are there out there who are in a well-paid, highly respected job and hate their life or themselves?), but what I feel I need to keep asking is whether I am just comfortable because I am not being asked to be more.

  26. When I was young I never considered further then being a wife and mother when I grew up as this was all I was being role modeled by the women around me. This example demonstrates the importance of true role models.

  27. ‘Every Job Matters’ – a title that in itself de-constructs so many of our prejudices and judgments about a scale of importance applied to different careers – putting our equal value way above any job title we have.

  28. “We are all needed to be somewhere to bring something and to receive something.” I agree Mariette, there is much we can learn from our interactions with each other, how important it is to be open to making true connections, and the reflection and opportunity each of us brings to each other no matter the job we are in.

  29. Wow Mariette, it’s so easy to feel just how much you love the work that you do – it virtually jumps off the page. You lead me to reflect on how this ‘can do’, ‘all-in’ approach is so symbolic with how we are with life. When we divide our days up into departments and sections we loose sight of the simple fact as you say, it’s not about promotions or job titles at all but the opportunity we have to bring a quality of Love to everything.

  30. “I love going to work… and Mondays and Fridays are exactly the same” is amazing Mariette. I feel this way too but I know for a lot of my life I did not and the vast majority of people I meet certainly do not. Work is just that… ‘work’, meaning a drag, a burden, an obligation we must meet in order to survive, a drudgery, something to get through so we can play, have our ‘own time’ etc. The word itself needs to be re-defined and be brought back in line with what you have shared.

  31. I’ve had a range of jobs throughout my life, and each one teaches me something different, it brings me into a different sphere of people and influence, and always there is loads to learn that is not just specific to that role but becomes every so useful out in the world… and the reason is that everything is everything – its all interlinked. When I learnt to appreciate that, I realised there was no such thing as wasting time.

  32. This is such an important lesson that you have presented to us here Mariette, one in which I whole-heartedly agree with and very much appreciate. Although society teaches us differently, every job does matter and is of equal importance.

  33. I have always felt that every job is the same in value to society, we all play our part. I do not agree with the idea that people are more important because they are managers, or cleaners are less. I have been a cleaner and manager, and I bring me in both roles, how can I be more or less? We choose whether we are more of less. We are all born equally amazing and ready to shine what ever role we take.

  34. Yes Mariette, imagine if we wrote our job descriptions not based on role and function but on the quality we are here to bring. What would it be like if we set out from day one knowing a tender smile and warm presence was what was truly required? Your sharing here has reminded me it’s never to late to make these true requirements our work philosophy and we needn’t wait for it to become official staff policy.

  35. What is so gorgeous about this, is the fact that with each new job you have gained that much more experience of life, yourself, and especially of people. This experience can not ever be taken away from you, and it builds each day as you continue to work, giving you this immense depths of wisdom which we all can benefit from.

  36. Yes indeed every job matters. We are fed thoughts that say otherwise to take us away from this truth. Our systems create important titles and duties for positions that usually amount to turning up and doing what needs to be done. Some people let these titles go to their head. All jobs are really about us being all we are in the world no matter what we are doing.

  37. This open and responsive way of being with work blows out the pressure that high school kids find themselves in, to know what they want to do and to strive to achieve it. You can have a great working life without any of this directness or drive. Understanding that its not about what you do but how you do it and its about having fun with people is more important than any school grades.

    1. Gosh yes. How great would it be for children and young adults to have a sense of inspiration for what lies ahead rather than the pressure of needing to know now what their career trajectory is going to be.

  38. The knowing that every job matters and that every job is equal is something we see reflected in nature all the time. There is such an acceptance in nature that certain jobs need to be done and that individual just happens to be the perfect one for the job at that moment. We know from nature that nothing works in isolation and everything contributes to the whole. We in humanity are not above this, and have stepped away from these natural laws to the detriment of ourselves, relationships, society and the whole ecology.

  39. Some great observations – it is important to do away with pictures of an ideal job and our contribution to it but to allow life to naturally flow, offer and for us to whole- heartedly respond.

  40. I think this approach would save a lot of time otherwise spent thinking what I should do when whatever I do will be great because it’s me doing it. And if my awesome services are needed in a bigger scheme then welcome to that.

  41. It is true that it is how we approach life that counts most for if we choose to live a true and meaningful life we will naturally apply such Love to our every interaction and relationship, at home, in the community and at work.

  42. I compeletly agree Marietta.

    Recently I have changed my position at my work place to a supervisors role. I have to say that I don’t feel anymore special or deserving of a higher wage but instead a big step up to be more responsible in every action I perform.

    The roles aren’t different in the value they bring but the responibility we bring to them. Everyone has the opportunity to bring this to their workplace.

  43. “I come to work as Mariette, and I leave my work as Mariette.” I just love reading these words as they are a great reminder to all of us to do the same, not to change as we walk in the door and become someone else for our work hours, and then return to who we truly are on the way out. In fact this is how to be in every interaction we have. How else can we build true relationships?

  44. A business is like a clock where every wheel and cog has to work in tune and in harmony with every other piece of the mechanism. If one cog is rusty, slipping or broken then the clock fails. A receptionist is like the dial on the clock that shows whether all within the mechanism is working together.

  45. Every job certainly does matter and the quality of our presence whilst ‘doing’ our jobs is of paramount importance. What a pity our society does not reflect this, but as you have pointed out Matietta we can. Thank you for sharing your experiences and your wisdom.

  46. With the identification of what we do we have built a system that brings deep separation between us. Instead of enjoying each person for who they are and the quality they bring we get caught up with all the outer matters, keeping us busy and at arms length, missing out on the beauty that is there.

  47. This blog exposes how we can greatly hide behind the facades of the doing in our job. We – without doing anything – naturally love to bring this love into a form of expression. How couldn’t we? How amazing is it to put our love into action, knowing that this will serve others. We’ve done a lot to discount what we actually know inside. We love our jobs and our tasks. It’s giving purpose to life. What would life mean if we wouldn’t put ourselves into action? I’m working with unemployed people daily and there’s literally no one who’s content with their situation.

    1. I can understand that Floris, there is so much work to do and work makes living in our society possible. We all love to be part of that and to be able to give our contribution to it. So sitting on the sideline without a job is something we naturally do not like, but in that of course there is the responsibility to question ourselves why we are sitting there, not contributing to all the work that is there to be done.

  48. The moment our work or anything we do becomes a ‘drag’, we know we are not making most of the opportunity that is presenting itself.

  49. This is very important to get an understanding off, that every job matters and in fact is as important because it is a needed part of the whole. It is only through the lost mind we are lived by, the mind that lives in disconnection and disrespect with that grander whole we are all undeniable part of, that we make one job more important then the other, and rate it with a higher pay and status. We are seriously going in the wrong direction if we continue living like this as in this movement we separate from one another more and more while the natural move should be coming closer together as we are one and the same, belong to the same grander order to which one day we all have to return to. So why wait that long and live in the suffering it all brings.

  50. It is so ingrained in us all that we have to work towards being something better in terms of a job title. But what’s the point of a job title if we are not feeling joyful inside or we do not truly connect with people? We need to get our priorities straight!

  51. “We get identified with what we do, instead of just being who we are, and bring that to work, regardless of what kind of work.” For 15 plus years I was a kinesiology practitioner and I became ‘Jonathan the kinesiologist’. It is now 10 years since I renounced that work but for many years afterwards I felt lost as to who I was and had little or no self-confidence. The confidence I had had I came to realise was the ‘coat’ of kinesiology that I wore. It is, in fact, only very recently that I feel I have a connection to myself and feel self-confident. This self-confidence feels, unlike previously, real and true as it not reliant of something or someone external.

  52. Workplaces are like a jigsaw and the workers all provide their own piece that is placed together in producing the whole so just as you say Mariette no one person has a piece that is more important than another.

  53. Every job matters and every job is equal and equally important. We as a society are a long way away from living these truths. However I have always rated a receptionist as a key post in a company. The first point of contact for most people contacting or visiting the company and the quality of that first communication can and does influence the whole future relationship.

  54. This is great to read – we are currently employing more staff and it is awesome to see that people have done jobs with people in the past, as we know our business is all about relationships and therefore someone who has worked with people and has enjoyed this can bring this quality into whatever they do. If we are willing to see it – then every job – no matter what it is, has the potential to offer something that will evolve us.

  55. It is important to remember that work is something that we do, not who we are. As there is so much work to do to make our societies work, therefore every job is as important because it contributes to the all we are an undeniable part of. When we hide ourselves from that responsibility and make ourselves superior or inferior to the society we live in and to the work that has to be done, we are not only missing out on ourselves but also to all of society.

  56. Letting go of the job title that we hold and all of the pictures that come with it, allows us to bring our full presence back into the equation and from our own connection to who we are, we can simply move and express from our quality and that is true service for all.

  57. Like many, I work in a profession where enormous teamwork is needed to support the demands of the customer. Each and every person’s role is fundamental in providing the quality care that the customer is asking for. Often at the end of the day stopping to appreciate this and acknowledging those in our teams brings a togetherness, commitment and dedication to the work that allows others to feel confirmed in what they do and that in turn allows others to be deeply grateful with what has been offered.

  58. I am always glad to read your words Mariette, they sound so simple but boy are they true. I wonder what our lives would be like if we saw every day of work , and life for that matter as another day of learning about people? Instead of management goals or job titles, what if we were assessed on the Love, care and understanding we brought to everyone else? Then there would be no getting ‘ahead’ just support, tenderness and equality.

  59. It is beautiful to honour the qualities both you and others possess and yet know that your worth is not based upon what you can and can’t do but rather who you are and the relationship you have with yourself. So many people base their worth upon the role they have and then suffer as a consequence when what they identify themselves with is not what they consider a standard worth honouring and thus ignore the importance of what they can bring to it.

  60. Not only do all jobs matter, but all jobs have a unique reflection and learning for us. It’s a beautiful thing to clock what your purpose is in your role within your organisation.

  61. I couldn’t agree more Mariette, I have been on the same journey with work, and are still continuously working on appreciating that it is what I bring to every job not the job itself. In truth every job is the same and equal, it is our beliefs that create them to be more or less.

  62. There is a certain beauty we are able to arrive at deep within us when we begin to see life and every moment and movement within it as an expression of our true self. By working on this ‘one expression’ and not holding one part above or below any other is our way forth to a truly harmonious and full life within ourselves and with each other.

  63. Yes every job does matter and is worth it. one of my favourite jobs to do at work is taking out the rubbish bins or cleaning up/restocking, its sets a great foundation for the other work that is done.

  64. Ever since being introduced to the teachings of The Ageless Wisdom by Universal Medicine, I have redefined the way I look at work, it is less and less about the “doing” and the great value is in the “being” and what I can allow myself to be, whether that is joy, harmony and in true service.

  65. This is a great blog that shows how simple it is to find the job that suits us best, and that job is always being all of us. It’s the most supportive job anyone can get.

  66. The hierarchy that exists in business and grades people’s worth according to their role is deceiving us all from the truth that each job holds equal importance. Without people to clean our offices, or collect our garbage where would we be. Once this is understood workers will be able to hold their head high regardless of their role, and recognise how they are an important part of the whole.

  67. I completely agree with what you have written, have also had many, many different jobs but it was always me doing them. I love working and I love the richness and equal value each person contributes when they are working in the way you have described.

  68. What a gorgeous realisation you have shared here: “My worth has to do with the relationship I have with myself, how I treat myself and has to do with who I am, not with what I do.”and “I bring my flavour, and my fellow receptionist colleagues bring their flavour to the job. Together we form an awesome team.” The appreciation and understanding of this should be part of any vocational training.

  69. There is nothing in this world that will reflect our true worth if we focus merely on what we do, and not all that we are.

  70. Everything we do is a reflection of how we live and that is the true service we offer and receive in every moment. Life is a living project made up of little projects and in that we offer much from how we express and move everyday. So every job does matter because even how we open a door or put out the rubbish plays a part in our reflection of how we live.

  71. I have many different roles in my life and not one of them is more important than another. I can feel how healthy it is to live like this, some I get more recognition for from outside, but if I hang out for that and want it, I get lost in seeking something from the outside. It is how we feel inside and the purpose we have when no one is watching, preparing for the day, cleaning toilets, making the bed, writing documents etc…how we feel about how we live with care and responsibility, that is how we can be steady.

  72. ‘My self-worth comes from within and how I feel about myself. My worth has to do with the relationship I have with myself, how I treat myself and has to do with who I am, not with what I do’. When the question is asked ‘Who am I?’ the responses firstly consist of doing things e.g. a mother, a grandmother, a receptionist, a friend etc, but as I go deeper all these things drop away and an opportunity presents itself to surrender into experiencing the truth that is there. The motion we get caught in drops away at this moment and a stillness presents – thank you Mariette for bringing attention to the judgement we can hold in relation to what we do and how we label ourselves as being this. Surrendering is the greatest blessing we can allow in ourselves and in life and it is there that we meet our self-worth.

  73. The moment we let go of the roles of being someone or something else than you are, for example just a role; mother, father, daughter, friend or colleague, or something – we actually step away from the naturalness that we are – a unique expression, that is the base (essence) in us, that exist out of no roles, just a quality of choices that we make in life, by surrendering to ourselves, let’s all of that out..

  74. ‘I don’t change into a role or a function, I am just me, the same as I am at home.’ How many people can honestly say they don’t change into a role or a function. As for myself, it is very interesting to feel what it does to wear a uniform, do I change the moment I put it on, do I walk the same or alter my pace, does it change the way I speak to, in this case, the patients. It feels very supportive to take a closer look to all this and to be truly honest about where I go into the role or feel myself more or less because of the function I am in.

  75. Agreed Mariette – so beautifully shared. The fact is that every job in a business or otherwise does matter equally so, as if you took that position away the business would not function with the same quality be it a receptionist, cleaner or CEO. Imagine the impact of not having a cleaner in our workplace for say 2 weeks and how this affects the way we work, having to make time in our day to clean the building, toilets, staff room etc for ourselves? It would be huge. Yet it is only our minds that categorises that one position is greater than another, and it our lack of worth that allows this to take hold and be identified by it. We all bring a quality to the work we do, yet is it not the work we do that defines the quality of who we are as our true power is in our connection to our essence, a quality that remains unchanged.

  76. Growing up all emphasis was on what type of job you would end up doing and that then determined your status within the family, and in addition to that if you finished school with some qualifications, then you were held in high regard – having achieved something others had not. It feels awful to have this form of separation get in the middle of family relationships, whereby some feel less or better than others depending on their ability to study, and then obtain a job of a believed higher standing.

  77. When we re-connect with the worth of who we are innately and not attach it to what we do then we can take that worth to what we do and all whom we meet rather than needing recognition from others.

  78. I really loved all my jobs too, apart from kiwi fruit grading that was very intense and noisy and physically demanding. Though if I were to have to do such a job today it would be an awesome opportunity to live what I know is supportive and true and see if I could love it. What I am sitting with is that I would struggle wth the lack of talking, I could do a supermarket job because I am talking to others but if it is just me and a machine and not being able to speak with others I would struggle. But in truth if I was really connected to my self I would enjoy this just as much as any other role, because if you connect to the gentle breath and enjoy the quality of your breath and the movement of your hands as you remove a not quite right shaped kiwi fruit it would be a very confirming job.

  79. I absolutely agree that it does not matter what job we do so long as we bring ourselves to everything that we are doing. I work in a busy hospital and it is very clear to me that a cleaner is no different than a surgeon. We all have different skills and that is all the difference is.

  80. What you share Mariette is so lovely to feel. This is an appreciation for us all as the equals in life we are. If we can understand and accept the opportunities that our everyday life presents to work together supporting each other and ourselves in a unified purpose i.e. work for instance, then what an amazing school of lived experience we have established and can reflect this out to others. These are our golden opportunities to support a return to harmony in our everyday. Imagine the ripple effect?

  81. Through the blog I could feel the connection to everyone being a part of the ‘jig-saw’ puzzle of life. It’s possibly a pretty well known experience that even in a 1,000 piece puzzle if one piece is missing it isn’t complete, it just doesn’t feel right. No matter if the piece is a simple piece of blue up in a corner, it still matters – so do we and so much more than we might appreciate ourselves for. No piece is ever greater or more important, if this is true for a piece of cardboard then it is a trillion times more true for a divine being of the Universe.

  82. Comparison is lack of self-worth’s fluent language. When comparison rears it’s ugly head we can use that as a marker to know that we are firstly; not appreciating who we are within and secondly; not totally humbled by that fact that we can express ourselves from the depths of who we are in everything we do. What is there to compare when we are all unique and completely connected to each other?

  83. For me today Mariette, what you have written here is so beautiful and a powerful reminder that it is not what we do but who we are that really matters;
    “My self-worth comes from within and how I feel about myself. My worth has to do with the relationship I have with myself, how I treat myself and has to do with who I am, not with what I do”.

  84. There is only one life, one love across the board, we are bringing us and who we are to everywhere we go and every occasion we encounter, to every inspiration met and to every challenge faced, every conversation we make and every meal we cook. Every single day all we are asked to bring who we truly are to life.

  85. I love your career myth-busting attitude Mariette! You are right, there is as much pressure on today’s women to have a blindingly brilliant career as there was to be a mother in our mothers’ day. The truth is we are women first and foremost and we simply choose what to do from there… where and how we can best express ourselves to support humanity, whether that is a receptionist, cleaner, team leader or CEO. Simple.

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