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?

990 thoughts on “Every Job Matters

  1. It does not matter what job we do in the sense that we can always bring all who we are to it but it is important that we do what we have the potential for to do. In that way sometimes a job like receptionist can be holding back if we actually have the potential to work as a accountant for instance but don’t do it because there are things we find challenging in that job.

  2. Very beautiful Mariette and so true. We can be in what they would call a big job with lot of influence but what do we influence others with? Is it love or an energy that comes from being centred being in this position and just care for ourselves? We know the answer. So the job is not about what we do but how we love and move in our day and whole life that makes the difference.

  3. Whatever job we do if we make it about people first it changes our whole perception of what work is and it becomes so much more enjoyable. I know for me, working in the supermarket started as a job to get me back into being with humanity (I had withdrawn into making life and work about security and protection) but gradually over time I saw that it was so much more than a job, I was learning how to be with people knowing I was there to offer a service. Now I love my job, I have met so many wonderful people and can feel a strong sense of purpose each time I walk through the doors.

  4. I feel we do get identified by what we do, relearning to just be who I am no matter what I do and to bring all of me to all that I do has been a challenge as it has gone against the values I took on as a child. Bringing the focus back to just being me no matter what has made life actually very simple.

  5. When we are respectful of our spaces we set the standard of what is given to another. When we lower the standard or do not question how supportive this is to another we then begin the cycle of complacency.

  6. The roles we have in life are important. But even more important is that we allow ourselves to be ourselves first. Then it doesn’t matter what job we find ourselves doing because when we bring ourselves, everything matters.

  7. I agree Mariette we all bring something unique to any job we choose to do and knowing who we are and what we bring allows us to fully express ourselves with a quality in the way we hold and move ourselves building a true and steady foundation to all that we do and a reflection with everyone we interact with.

  8. “I always believed, and still do, that we are all needed somewhere to bring something and to receive something.” This is great wisdom to ponder on and claim where we work… I am about to finish at a job and this piece of Glory I will add to my Glory Box! So, what did I bring to my latest job for 10 months – I brought trust, a high work ethic, to show others especially my team that all our clients I treat equally. I also represented the dedication and commitment I have to always delivering a high standard of service and make it about people and connection before the task.

  9. Every job does matter Mariette and I love what you have shared here and the most important job we have is to be ourselves in full wherever we are and whatever we do.

  10. Its never ever about the job we do but its always about the quality we choose to bring there – this is where the true evolution is.

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