Friday, February 14, 2014

Jobs

Not now son, I've got a job to do.
We all have them, a lot of us get paid to do them. There are benefits associated with them and there are headaches to go along with them, too.

Some of us don't have jobs. Some people don't want jobs, other people are desperately seeking jobs. Anything. Sometimes you might be qualified for a job and not get hired. Sometimes you are really NOT qualified for a job and you get it and then you wonder what the hell your employers were thinking when they hired you.

Jobs are important. They can give us a sense of accomplishment, fulfillment. When we complete a job like washing the dishes or taking out the trash we can see that something has been done, an acheivement has been unlocked. Sometimes it's a lot harder to see that completing a job has led to anything meaningful.

But jobs are not just nine to five or eleven to seven or midnight to eight. They're not just Monday through Friday or Wednesday through Saturday or just Tuesday and Thursday. They're things that have to be done around the house, for your parents or grandparents, or your significant other. Sometimes jobs are big sometimes they're small. Sometimes they're vitally important and sometimes they're just something that will make you feel better.

Jobs bring people to your house to take things away for other people to do jobs with, like the mail or the trash or recycling. Jobs can take you to other people's house to do things for them, like putting on a roof or cable or utility problems that have to be solved. Jobs can take you on a long trip or even an adventure. Jobs are just plain cool, eh?

Some people have jobs working for themselves. Some jobs involve not leaving the house. It doesn't take a rich person not paying taxes to create a job. Anyone can do it.

Sometimes creating jobs is a full-time job in itself.

Everything that you buy, that you consume is produced by someone whose job it was to make that thing. Every time you cut out a piece of the process, like writing a check, stuffing it in an envelope, putting a stamp on it and taking it to the mail box in order to pay directly online without putting on pants (that were made by someone else, likely), you're cutting someone's job duties. Some people have two jobs and they still can't pay the bills. If they were only to stop eating or caring for their families they probably could swing that third job.

If you're reading this on a computer of any kind, you can
thank NASA and a lot of hardworking people.
When you're doing your job, do you sometimes think you're overworked and underpaid? Would someone else offer you a job to pay you what you believe you're worth? Have you checked?

Jobs are work. Jobs are things that must be done. We all benefit from someone else doing their job and when we perceive they aren't doing their job we have options. We can take away their job or quit supporting the business that provides that job. We can, in fact, do the same job in our own way and compete with those people.

But only if you want to work. Nothing is easy. Having a job is logical and soul-sucking in the same regard. Nothing is free. If you consume something, it was someone's job to make it. Hopefully they did it with pride and not while they were thinking they were overworked and underpaid.

Take some time and really think about how many jobs are sustained by your own work. Think about how many people take care of you in some way, large or small. Don't you want them to do the best job possible? I do.

Don't be so quick to cut jobs. Engage in the world and create those jobs by walking into a business (put on some pants first, please) and getting what you want there rather than having everything delivered to your house. If you will simply take a moment and think about what you consume, you'll see what I mean.

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