Katja Bader en WRITERS and PUBLISHERS on beBee, beBee in English, Sales 6/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,1K

It`s your choice

It`s your choice


I spent a weekend in Amsterdam with my daughters.
Many things like the Van-Gogh-Museum, the nice houses etc. impressed me very much.
But there was a man, he impressed me very much, too: a cloakroom attendant at the central station.
You know these people cleaning the toilets, looking sad and disaffected.
In Germany if children don`t want to go to school, many people say as a threat:
If you don`t go school, later you will be a dustman or a cloakroom attendant.  
We should be more respectful to the cloakroom attendants. They make a job, most people don`t want to do.
They make it for our comfort and for very little money. How can it be not to be thankful for a clean toilet if you need one? 
Back to the cloakroom attendant at the Amsterdam central station: There was a crowd of women at the entrance of the toilet. Nobody was able to get in or out. The turnstile was blocked.
The atmosphere was huffish.
This man was in such a good temper. He was talking to the women, making jokes, laughing and dissolved the crowd. The atmosphere was changing immediately. And his toilets were clean, too.
It was his decision to act like this,
It may be a bad job, but you can influence it with you inner approach.  So you will be able to handle it and you will feel better, too. Someone with a positive charisma will become back positive reactions.
It`s your choice what you make of your job, yourself and your life. 


Paul Walters 16/11/2016 · #7

@Katja Bader Nice piece...did you happen to notice whether there were any vacancies going?

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Deb Helfrich 6/11/2016 · #6

Thanks for taking a moment to share, @Katja Bader. We all need a reminder every now and again to see people, not jobs.

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Katja Bader 6/11/2016 · #5

#4 I´m happy to have such nice comments to my buzz. Thank you all. To let the CEO clean the toilets is a great idea, Pamela. It would change minds, I think.
Lots of people don´t notice that they can lose everything very quickly: job, money and well-off friends. We should be grateful for all good things we have every day because they are not for granted.

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Pamela L. Williams 6/11/2016 · #4

Katja, what a wonderful heartwarming post. I have held all levels of jobs; from a seamstress in a sewing factory to the Senior Executive Assistant for the U.S. corporate headquarters of an international company to a Analyst that spearheaded a application development on a global platform. The jobs that I miss the most, that provided the most camaraderie and lifelong friendships were forged in my low level jobs. I have met more people with great attitudes who work in team oriented environments in thosel positions.
The competitive, back-stabbing, overly political situations I saw in my other jobs was disheartening, depressing, and quite frankly gave me a bad attitude about corporate life. Every CEO should have to clean toilets for a week in their companies, without the others knowing, just to gain a little perspective on the attitude realities of their staff and especially the way they really treat lower level employees. It would definitely be an eye-opener.

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Mohammed Sultan 6/11/2016 · #3

@Katga Bader.Thanks for sharing your impressive story.James Shirly on equality said;
The glories of our blood and state
Are shadows ,not substantial things;
There is no armour against fate;
Death lays his icy hand on kings;
Sceptre and crown
must tumble down
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade

The reality of life will make democracy supreme because it's where the poor are the majority.

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Pascal Derrien 🐝 6/11/2016 · #2

my mum was a cleaning lady and my dad was a engineering director she kept him on his toes :-)

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Hassan Aman 6/11/2016 · #1

Wonderful story, Katja. Yes, we as humans tend to patronize and judge people around our own standards of success and achievements, which is a very sad reality. You never know, you can be a king but a miserable one or a farmer with a rich heart.

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