The Significance of Work in Everyday Life

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People often fail to recognize the significance of work in everyday life especially if they are not holding their dream jobs or earning a big income from it.  We often forget that the job we have now is a stepping stone towards achieving what we've always hoped to attain career-wise.  What we do today with out present jobs will have an effect on the opportunities that will be made available to us in the future.

The Philippine Setting

Labor Day in the Philippines is usually greeted by rallies and demonstrations of workers asking for better pay.  Pay determines the quality of life that we can afford to live but to most people, pay is a matter of survival. It represents the capacity of a person to provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter.  The simplest form of entertainment and even education are considered luxuries by many.  Work simply becomes a daily grind to make ends meet.

Most Filipinos are underemployed, meaning that their capacities and abilities far exceed the requirements of their jobs.  This is seen as a preferred option than being unemployed.  However, this situation gives rise to job dissatisfaction which manifests itself in the general conduct and behavior of employees.


The Other Side of Work

Work, to most of us equates to a means of livelihood.  We work because we need  to put food on our table, own or rent a house, and pay for  necessities like clothes, utilities, education, healthcare, and many others.  Work is almost always the equivalent in money currency. 


Because most of us are busy earning a livelihood, it is easy to forget that work also offers an opportunity to be of service to others.   Service is work's higher calling and everyone can do it in everyday life regardless of what jobs we have.  Raising our work to this level can offset to a certain degree whatever lack we have in monetary pay.

My Say

Love your work, value your work.  If you simply can't, find another!  Find that place where you can put your talents to good use.  Make other people thankful that you are there and not someone else.

That said, people often forget the significance of work in everyday life and usually realize its value when it is lost.






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30 comments

  1. Yeah you are absolutely right, because you cannot be productive to your work when you are not happy at all/.

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  2. I agree with you, with our economy situation now. Its better really to love your work.

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  3. We should always be happy in making life's choices.


    Rizza (beingwell)

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  4. Work must go side by side with patience, determination and contentment. If you work because you like doing what you do, you will still end up happy even with low compensation :)

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  5. One of my friends who works for our uni always tells me it's her love for helping the students that keeps her working for the school, even if the pay is a little low, even if she gets a lot of job offers.

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  6. Choose to stay positive and be the best person that God created you to be. We must stay happy and things will be easy.

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  7. I love the thought of working while being of service to others. I believe that regardless of what our jobs are, we can still find little ways to help others.

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  8. it isn't bad to ask for a dream work ...as what they say .. if you love your job... you are not going to work in a single day from then on as work will just be like a part of your daily life

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  9. True, love you work ,because if you love your work ,you will enjoy every bit of it.

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  10. I'm happy with what I am doing so it's almost not a work for me but just a hobby. :))

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  11. As the song says, " It's not about the money, money" hehe
    Definitely agree especially on this line: "Because most of us are busy earning a livelihood, it is easy to forget that work also offers an opportunity to be of service to others. Service is work's higher calling and everyone can do it in everyday life regardless of what jobs we have."

    When you see your work as way of service to God, you'll love your job,faithfully.

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  12. no matter how we hate our job never ever show it on the result of your work

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  13. I agree with your say on your article. Don't push yourself to a job that you like or you dont enjoy. Somewhere, there will always be the rght job for you.

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  14. I absolutely love my work (social media) because it's also my hobby. Having said that, my 'being of service' is via blogging and sharing my knowledge to whomever for nothing :) Good post!

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  15. I know some people who leave the company because they're not happy and they jump to another company and to another company (work hopping) without any thinking that they fail to be nice to their work itself and to the people they work with.

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  16. Working can actually develop your personality. Just be sure that you love what you do.

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  17. In order for a man to live he must work. He must earn for a living. He must value so much his work if he has already had it. For me the happiness of one who is working is not measured from the quantity of wage he received, but from how he takes and values his work whatever it is.

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  18. Thanks for sharing your insights about work. Indeed loving our work is one of the key to greater success. And yes, that Philippine setting is kinda sad to hear, but its the truth.

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  19. Agree with this. No matter how difficult your upbringing was, we are all being given opportunities again and again to create our own destiny.So we have to love what we do and just enjoy life :)

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  20. I hope we will all just be grateful for work; thankful we have one; and continue to believe that wherever we are, God is preparing us for something better!

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  21. These are true indeed! "Love your work, value your work" These are very important. If you don't love your work how could you see the value of it? Find the job that you loved more!

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  22. In order for a man to live he should work to earn a living, not only for himself but for his own family. Because of the sin of man, according to the Bible, he must till the land in order to eat. Thus, work began.

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  23. The problem we have there in Pinas is the scarcity of job so if you find one, you have to hold on to it even if you don't like it so much as you may not get another soon.

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  24. Agreed! with you Teresa,some people are so lucky to have some choices in life.In our case we're thankful hubby has a job and we can enjoy what we can afford.

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  25. Ah, may poster kami sa bedroom door, that talks bout work. kaya nga, each day I value 'work' and yes you hit the right word 'service'. Usually, Christians care about service.

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  26. Very well said. I always considered our family lucky and blessed. I am not working now but K has a job, he loves what he is doing by helping people (refugees) along the border as we enjoy everyday life with what we have.

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  27. I experienced not working for a whole year. OMG! I was bored out of my wits. I love working.

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  28. I know the feeling of being praised because of my presence in a company and being of service to other people. Truly, amazing feeling.

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  29. One of my favorite quotes says, "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

    I only got to work for 4 months at a call center (summer job), and I must say, I loved it! It wasn't related to my college course, but doing so gave me the opportunity to learn new things outside of what I've been used to - medical field. Although, I had no idea what to do at first, but I learned to love the job, and everything just started falling into place. =)

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  30. in order to have a better way to work, we must love our work for it is the one who gives us support not only to ourselves but with the family we have...thanks for sharing

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