Today I’d like to discuss this expression of “Nobility of the work” to describe the blessing of having a job and the resulting moral obligations arising from it.
It’s unfortunately very common to consider the job as a simple economic transaction, where one exchange salary for work. And so earning the right salary in exchange of the skills each one believes to have, becomes the priority instead of the quality of the job itself. It’s also expected to have the right to a good job because of the academic qualifications held, as if they were enough to give all the necessary attributes for the life outside.
Then suddenly all perspectives change and it happens to wake up one day at the sound of a bell that rings the life wake-up call. From that moment we start to look inside to really see what person we have become and if we are really able to survive the jungle.
Having experienced the frustrating condition of the search for a new job without having the backs covered by an existing one, I am now able to appreciate what luck is having a job and how extraordinary it is to have a stimulating and gratifying one.
That’s why I think it’s paramount to put all the best of ourselves into the projects which we dedicate to and in the relationships we build during our working days.
To give the best of ourselves I mean to “give ourselves” to others, in the sense of our best qualities, of our time and of our “genuineness”. And if we give the best of ourselves at the same time we will get to honor the fortune of having a job, returning with our best efforts what we have been given.
I like using the resemblance to the “student debts” which are returned to the universities when they finds their first job.
I believe there must be a link of direct proportionality between the gratifying component of our work and the extent of our efforts to return what has been received.
And certainly the work will be remunerated in the right way because no employer will want to risk losing our human contribution.
I leave you with this other Latin expression: “Ad maiora!”, “to bigger things”!