I have a serious question for you. Is there a certain job you’d be embarrassed to tell people about? I’ll go first.
When I was in College, I saw someone I knew working a graveyard shift as a janitor in the library. I felt bad that I ran into her because I didn’t want her to be embarrassed, since I’d be embarrassed to run into someone I knew if I had her job. How foolish I was.
I relayed this story to my close friend & Jay and to my dismay, both told me they would not be embarrassed at all. That any honest job is respectable and no job is below or above the other. I was so taken back by their response. And I realized how much I needed to mature and humble myself. How much I needed to work on myself to get to their level. I categorized jobs into different levels thinking some were above than the other, based on education, pay, and leadership. But now I realize it was me who was below them all, for thinking such foolishly & arrogantly. .
Truly remarkable people don’t judge or categorize jobs or people according to what others do for a living or how big their paycheck is. I look up to my husband who will flip burgers in a heartbeat to provide for us and do so without any shame. I admire and respect people who have jobs that might not require a College degree or look fancy in the world’s eyes, but work hard with pride in their jobs with no shame. These people are who I look up to. These people are the ones that truly made it in life and are further along than the ones who still categorize. Isn’t it ironic that when you think you’re above someone, it means just the opposite?
When you truly see people as people and not look up or down at, then you know you’ve achieved one of the greatest lessons life has to offer. #sharingmyheartwithyoust