All work is noble.

A woman slowly, carefully, collects her strength and steps her way out from behind the counter, purse in hand, hair net still on her head, and walks towards the door. It’s been 13 hours since she got to work this morning. Her feet are aching and have been for hours. And she just kept cooking. She always keeps cooking. Every day she wakes up hours before the rest of the world and she works hard, all day. Why? Because that’s her job.

Just down the road a man is working his second shift for the day. As he lifts up the trash can and dumps it into the compactor truck that he’s driving, his muscles strain just a little bit more. Some put their trash in bags, others don’t. Some put lids on their cans, others leave theirs to spill out over the street. And he collects it all, every time. No one acknowledges him. No one ever says thank you. They just expect him to do it and he does it. Why? Because that’s his job.

As a society we tend to decide one’s value in this world based on what their job is. And, the people in this world who work the jobs that society doesn’t necessarily value, those are the are the people I have the greatest admiration and appreciation for. Why? Because they keep our society going. They keep our world functioning. The work HARD. All of the fucking time. Whether their feet hurt, their back aches, their stomach grumbles, their arms quiver, they just keep working.

Cooks, garbage collectors, cashiers, waiter/waitresses, construction workers, plumbers, janitors, and so on and so forth (I really could go on forever), these people work hard, all of the time. They keep us going. They’re there for us when we need them and they ensure that our lives function properly. I don’t think people really understand how much they bring to our lives and how thankful we should be that they do what they do. Example: people don’t pay attention when the garbage collector comes, but they sure as hell crank when the garbage collector doesn’t come.

I think if there’s one thing I can teach the people in my life it’s that I want them to be thankful for those people who do the jobs we all take for granted. I want them to place value on all work, and not just their work. I don’t want my family member’s to think their kids have to end up with doctors or lawyers, I want them to think that all jobs are noble and they’d be lucky to have a son-in-law or daughter-in-law that is simply passionate about what they do, no matter their job.

Doctors and lawyers are very valuable to society. They absolutely are. But, I want the people in my life to understand that so is the cleaner who keeps your house tidy, so is the cashier who keeps their register open ten minutes late to ensure you can purchase your food even after the store closes.

All work is noble work. Remember that when you see someone walking with a slight limp because their feet or so sore after they’ve been on them all day. Remember that when your garbage is collected or your house or office is clean without your having to do it. Remember that when your brother or sister or son or daughter, or even you, are searching for love. All work is noble work. Everyone plays an integral role to pushing our society forward.

28 thoughts on “All work is noble.

  1. I love this. It’s so true. I think this is one of the reasons I admire Mike Rowe so much. With Dirty Jobs and now his FB videos, he does the best he can to bring these people to the forefront.
    Beautiful post. Vivid writing. 💖💖💖

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    1. I love Dirty Jobs. That and cash cab, if you’ve ever seen that show. But that’s veering off track. People like Mike Rowe remind us all that as long as someone is working towards something, they’re doing it right. And I appreciate that.

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  2. All work is noble work. This is so true; we tend to focus on the jobs that come with status…but remove that flawed perspective and every job pales in comparison. No job should be scoffed at. Perhaps if people were more appreciative and concerned for the work of, say garbage collectors, we would have far less issues with littering.

    This is an excellent and timely post ❤️

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    1. Completely agree with you!

      I have friends who just won’t date someone because of what he/she does. I’m just like… wow, that’s not the right way of looking at things.

      Anyways, thank you for reading. And for your support ❤

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    1. You’re totally right! Just because someone has a different dream from you (you as in the metaphorical and not specific to you but moreso to everyone) doesn’t make their dream any less valid. Everyone deserves a good life and passionate memories.

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  3. Great topic. I also think that these kind of jobs will be benefitting from technical improvements the most, and that is great for everyone. A job shouldnt be a place where you work so hard you are constantly hurting. I admire all jobs and their doers, but I am also very excited about the shift we are going through; understanding that work is not all there is to life.

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    1. While we’ve made many advancements in the past fifty years and I’m sure we’ll continue to make more, I don’t think we’ll fully get away from there needing to be jobs that cause people physical pain. I think that’s just par for the course.

      Growing up my mom ran a house cleaning business. When she went to work each day she worked really, really hard. She used to come home and collapse on the couch. Anyways, point of this share is that, until they invent self-cleaning houses, I think a job like that will always be somewhat difficult. They can have things like robot vacuums and such but people will still get a sore body from working. Ya know?

      Improvements are always a good thing, though.

      Wow, this was a really ramble-filled message. Sorry about that! Thank you for reading ❤

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  4. Yes Vee
    There is no separation. We are all one. I make it a point to talk to the house keeping guys and the security guys and the maids and they love it and I love it.
    It is just a play, a big reality show : and all are playing different parts/roles. It doesn’t matter what the part or the role is. The only thing that matters is how well we play it.
    Love Peace Harmony ❤️🙏

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  5. A concept I wholeheartedly agree with. All jobs are important and all workers should be valued. Where would we be without cleaners, check-out operators, refuse collectors, carers, farmers? To name a few?

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    1. Exactly! It drives me crazy when I see people treating others as though they’re less than they are because of their position. Every job is important!

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  6. Thank you for this post – absolutely agree!! Quite right to say that people’s hard work often goes unnoticed as it is sadly taken for granted, but the result of their jobs not being done is immediately noticeable; it’s our responsibility not to let it get to that point before we show gratitude for what they do, which is indeed, as you so well said, “ensur[ing] that our lives function properly”, and in such a clean, safe, pleasant environment as a result!

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