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?

875 thoughts on “Every Job Matters

  1. Hi Mariette, just reading your words this morning reconnected me to the awesome ‘can do’ enthusiasm we can bring to any situation, person or job. Why make it a big struggle and stress when you can jump in and just say a huge ‘YES’?

  2. What you present here should be part of any school curriculum. Understanding that life is not about achievement but always bringing ones fullness to everything we do and thus learning how do be in this world without bending and conforming oneself into something one is not.

  3. Hi Mariette, thank you for sharing your wisdom and ‘we are not what we do’ I totally agree. Understanding the diversity of colleagues and seeing the qualities each offers is a great way to build a team and support one another in those things which are not so easy for us. Each member bringing a part of the puzzle to play.

  4. Love this blog Mariette and what you present here. Every job is important – we cannot hold a cleaner any less than the CEO of a company for each have essential roles to play and have a big impact on the company and its clients. And when we let go of being identified by the job we do we free ourselves up to truly value what we can bring from our essence and don’t limit ourselves to a job title or description.

  5. ‘I come to work as Mariette, and I leave my work as Mariette.’ It is super important to not lose ourselves during a working day. It is about bringing our fullness, our light and to leave in the same quality to go where ever we go.

  6. It feels wonderful when we drop the identification with a job role and embrace ourselves for who we are first. It is then possible to appreciate any job, as the title that comes with it does not matter.

  7. Your love for people, being with people and connecting with people shines through Mariette, and you do bring your own flavour and style as we all do and that is what makes life interesting, especially when we work and pull together so we all feel valued and respected. And I totally agree and love this little gem of wisdom: ‘ that we are all needed somewhere to bring something and to receive something’.

  8. No matter what job we find ourselves in, we are there for a reason for there is never any co-incidence where we end up and the people we work with. If we stay open, what we are there to receive and/or learn can greatly support us and prepare us for what is coming next in our life, for everything counts.

  9. Not having a picture of what job I want to be in as a child, I didn’t carry this picture after I graduated from University. I just did what I felt I would like to do and until today I find that all the different work that I contribute to are very different in nature, but they all make sense.

  10. The part about not having a career or ‘climbing the ladder’ I can feel that I have adopted this belief as I can feel the lack of appreciation for what I bring to the working world (as I love to be at work, with people) has been chipped away at by this ‘you’ve never been promoted so you can’t be that good’ – even just typing that now feel horrible and yet I have had this running in the background for a very long time. It feels cool to start to remove myself from this belief. Thank you Mariette.

  11. According more importance to one job over another can easily lead to comparison and envy, even jealousy; the truth of the matter is that every task and every job is just as important as any other – we all contribute to the whole that is humanity and this world of ours.

  12. ‘I come to work as Mariette, and I leave my work as Mariette.’ I love this quote Mariette and I am sure most people think they come and go as themselves but very often we loose ourselves in a role, or are in a rush without considering we have a human body, so where are we then? And indeed it doesn’t matter if you are there on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, it is just about being you!

  13. My work contract ended on Friday and I have woken up a bit discombobulated about work/self-worth this Monday morning, so to be reminded of this today – “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.”, is very welcome and empowering. Thank you.

  14. It’s taken a long time for me to receive this but I am starting to see in my work that there’s no deadline that is more important, no project that ranks higher, no deliverable that’s more significant, than the quality I choose to be. It’s this in everything that determines what’s next, this that supports others to choose truth, and ultimately its what it truly means to be me. Thank you Mariette – your words overflow with a zest for life and a true thirst for work – great job!

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