Walk a Mile in My Shoes

@gantwick (849)
United States
March 28, 2010 8:56pm CST
I sometimes wonder why people work at jobs they hate. I love working. Before I was laid off, I looked forward each day to going to work. Maybe I didn’t make a big impact on the world, but I felt that what I did actually made a difference for somebody. And since I was laid off, I still face each temporary job with the hope that I can do something to help somebody. Believe me, the things I’ve done have been far from glamorous. Indeed, some of the people I’ve come in contact with seem to look down on me condescendingly, and a few have been downright contemptuous because of some perceived superiority that they have over me. Still, I smile and treat them as I would like to be treated – with kindness and respect. And I have taken on a new level of appreciation for those who also work in low-paying positions. Sure, I don’t go out to eat as often as I used to, but when I do, I still manage to leave a decent tip, because I know how much that means – not just in terms of extra money, but also to let the person know that what they do is truly appreciated. Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if your roles were reversed with the people you see every day? If you see me running a cash register, or flipping burgers, or ushering you to your luxury skybox, would you consider trading places with me and letting me see the same smile that I am giving you? I love my job – how about you?
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
You are a gem. It's difficult to find people who can stop complaining and just do what they need to do to get the job done. I would gladly give you a smile for I am one with you too. I don't find myself above everyone else, we're all in this together as long as the job is legal is and paying for the food on the table.
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29 Mar 10
I can really relate to this hun, I've been in both places and would love to be able to work now. I worked in some pretty menial jobs in my lifetime, before finally becoming a secretary and earning a reasonable salary. It puts everything into perspective when you have been in both places doesn't it.
@yra1026 (47)
• Philippines
29 Mar 10
im one of those people who hated their jobs, yet still working on it.... it simply because now a days it really hard to look and get hired... knowing that were still on recovery from global crisis, lot of new graduates, plus there's a lot of people out there are more competitive than me... so i have no choice but to stick around unless i get a new job!