Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspiration Mondays: Finding Satisfaction

I started at a new job last Friday. It was more of an orientation day, and I only worked part of the day, so today was really my first "real" day on the job. I'm working as an administrative assistant: reception, receiving, phones, and "all other duties as assigned." I'm a yes man, doing what I'm told to do, basically pulling up the slack and keeping track of everyone's comings and goings throughout the day.

And I love it.

I'm so grateful for the busy days and the tasks, however "menial" that are assigned to me. Today, I "archived the project files," which means I took the selected binders and folders off shelves, ordered them and packed them into boxes. And I did some spreadsheet work. And I did some sorting, scanning and photocopying. And I refilled the photocopier toner and paper, tidied the kitchen area, and stayed on top of the phones. And I got thanked very nicely by my supervisor throughout the day.

I've had lots more responsibility in previous jobs, but when I got into my car at the end of the day, I looked around and said aloud, "I actually had a really, really good day today."

I can't remember the last time I said that.

As I have been telling friends about this job, the reaction has been mostly surprise, and disappointment. Didn't I want to do something more creative? Didn't I want more responsibility? Would I be happy doing something like this? But I've done a lot of thinking about this, and I've decided that, for now at least, I need to protect my creative energy, keep it separate from the world of work and renumeration. It needs to be just for me. Maybe it will always be.

So, today I am inspired by my job: by the clear expectations and the gratitude, patience and respect I was shown today. I am optimistic that it will continue. I am tired, but I am glad to come home feeling like this. I am also glad to come home to this:


Happy Monday, everyone.

2 comments:

YarnKettle said...

Congratulations on finding a job so soon. And on finding a job you enjoy. I do sometimes think "menial" work is under rated. It is nice to be able to see what you have accomplished at the end of the day.
Good luck!

Imogen said...

This is gorgeous!