A few years ago, when I was booking speakers for a large women’s conference, I had the privilege of hearing the clip below from Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee talks to the audience here about the “nobility of work” and says (I’m paraphrasing a bit – take the time to watch the clip for exact words), “Every time you say to someone, ‘I have to go to work,’ you make it sound as if it’s a horrible thing to work……I suggest that you take the words ‘have to’ out of your vocabulary and exchange it for the words ‘get to’……Mommy gets to go to work today.”
There is such amazing power in these words. “I get to go to work today.” Especially today, where hundreds of thousands go without work, without food, without shelter. You don’t have to go to work. You get to go to work. And you should be proud and excited that you can have nobility in your work. Stop complaining, and start realizing that you are contributing to something larger than yourself. You are stepping into the shoes of every woman 100 years ago who longed to have an office, and into the shoes of the generation who will teach the next and the next the nobility of work for their children and their children’s children.
Your work is not a have to situation. Sure, we all have bad days. We all wish we could stay home and watch TV sometimes. But on those days, remember who came before you, and keep in mind the nobility of what you do. And if you truly do hate your job, step out and try something new, all the while remembering that working is a privilege in this country, not a right.