What is a Good Job?
Growing up, my parents raised me to believe in hard work. They never gave the impression that one profession was better than another and made it clear that they would be proud of me no matter the industry in which I worked. There are a few examples of this accepting and encouraging spirit that have stuck with me to this day:
1. The gratitude of my mother:
I recall my mother speaking to a gentleman at a hardware store. Although I do not remember what they were talking about, I remember the man's awkward and preemptive apology,
"Sorry if I smell, I just got off work. I work at the water treatment plant..."
He paused, expecting an unpleasant response.
My mother, smiled and responded kindly,
"Thank you! I appreciate being able to drink clean water!"
The smile he gave showed he was not used to being appreciated or noticed for the important work he did.